The railroad across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, located in southern Mexico, once provided a vital transportation link for shipping between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans before the Panama ... See full summary »

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The railroad across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, located in southern Mexico, once provided a vital transportation link for shipping between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans before the Panama Canal was constructed. With the canal undergoing upgrades, the railroad is once again providing that important link. On the southern side of the isthmus is the town of Tehuantepec. Its people are a mixture of Spanish, French and native. The society is primarily a matriarchal one. Fifty miles north is another of the region's important cities, Oaxaca, the capital of the similarly named state. Just outside the city are the ruins of Monte Albán. One of the most important private collectors of the area's historic artifacts is renowned artist Diego Rivera. Written by Huggo

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13 June 1942 (USA)  »

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James A. FitzPatrick's Traveltalks: Exotic Mexico  »

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TravelTalk
3 February 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Modern Mexico City (1942)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Entry in MGM's TravelTalk series has James FitzPatrick visiting Mexico. This time out we go to Mexico where we get to see some rather interesting things including a bullfight as well as the Mexican branch of MGM Studios. The bullfighting sequences are rather neat but the most interesting aspect is that we're told the sport is losing fans in favor of baseball, tennis and polo. I'm really not sure how true that is since today the bullfights are still rather popular. I was hoping more time would have gone to the Mexican branch of MGM but we only get to see the outside. There are certainly more up to date documentaries on Mexico but this one here is a nice way to kill nine minutes.


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