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Historic Mexico City (1935)

Mexico City, the capital of the Republic of Mexico, has perhaps the most colorful history of any major metropolis. It was once the center of the Aztec Empire ruled by Montezuma. The ... See full summary »

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Mexico City, the capital of the Republic of Mexico, has perhaps the most colorful history of any major metropolis. It was once the center of the Aztec Empire ruled by Montezuma. The National Palace of Arts, which also houses the National Theater, is one of the more spectacular of the modern buildings. The Plaza Mayor forms the most historic section of the city. Benito Juarez, the former president of the republic, is one of the most influential figures in shaping the city. Much of what is seen in Mexico City comes from its Spanish heritage, including bullfighting, which is a polarizing topic even amongst Mexicans. They also take some history from France, as seen through the workings at and the actual structure of the Chapultepec Castle. Written by Huggo

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7 September 1935 (USA)  »

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Viva Mexico
23 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Entertaining entry in the TravelTalks series of travelogue shorts narrated by James A. Fitzpatrick. We get some info on the history of Mexico City from its Aztec origins to the present day (1935). There are some terms used here that are sure to ruffle feathers today, as Fitzpatrick tries to pay the Aztecs a compliment by saying they were "well-organized and wisely-ruled red men" unlike the rest of the Indians of North America, whom he refers to as savages. I'm not slamming the man. I know his intent wasn't negative and I understand what he was saying but I'm sure there will be many modern viewers who will take offense. There always are. He also shows some footage of bullfighting and discusses how more enlightened modern Mexicans oppose the sport. As usual with this great series, the lovely color footage of the local people and landmarks is the best part. For most Americans viewing these shorts in the 1930s this would be their only opportunity to ever see the beautiful scenery of Mexico City. It's fun and interesting, as the TravelTalks series usually was.


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