A look at Mexico City, with emphasis on its history, monuments, economy, leisure, and commitment to democracy.


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Cast overview:
James A. FitzPatrick ...
Narrator (voice)
Manuel Ávila Camacho ...
Himself - President of Mexico (as President Ávila Camacho)


A look at Mexico City, with emphasis on its history, monuments, economy, leisure, and commitment to democracy. Home to nearly two million people, the city is marked by a history of transitions, recorded in monuments, such as those to Mexican independence, to friendship with the United States, to Benito Juarez, and to the Mexican revolution and constitution. We see the Palace of Fine Arts and some of the city's social centers. Foreign enterprises, including MGM, have offices here, symbolizing international trade. The charm of yesterday is found at the National Palace and Chapultepec Castle. Then it's on to a bullfight, a polo match, and the Mexico City Country Club. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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7 November 1942 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)


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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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