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The Perfect Dictatorship (2014)

La dictadura perfecta (original title)
TV MX, the most powerful Mexican Television Corporation, discloses a scandalous story involving Governor Carmelo Vargas in serious crimes and illicit business. Governor Vargas worried about... See full summary »


Luis Estrada


Luis Estrada (original writer), Luis Estrada (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Damián Alcázar ... Gobernador Carmelo Vargas
Alfonso Herrera ... Carlos Rojo
Joaquín Cosio ... Agustín Morales
Osvaldo Benavides ... Ricardo Díaz
Silvia Navarro ... Lucía Garza
Flavio Medina ... Salvador Garza
Saúl Lisazo ... Javier Pérez Harris
Tony Dalton ... Director TV MX
Salvador Sánchez ... Hombre X
Enrique Arreola ... Secretario de gobierno
Arath de la Torre ... Vocero
Dagoberto Gama ... Procurador
Noé Hernández Noé Hernández ... Jefe de seguridad
Sonia Couoh ... Nana Gemelas
María Rojo ... Doña Chole
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TV MX, the most powerful Mexican Television Corporation, discloses a scandalous story involving Governor Carmelo Vargas in serious crimes and illicit business. Governor Vargas worried about his political future, decides to clean his image and negotiates a billionaire secret agreement with the owners of the TV Corporation. Carlos Rojo, an ambitious young news producer, and Ricardo Diaz, TV network star reporter, are responsible for making a dirty campaign to change the image the public has of the corrupt Governor and make him, at any cost, a political star and a great presidential candidate. Mexican Television believes that democracy is a farce and has already placed one President... Will they do it again? Written by Anonymous

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La televisión ya puso un Presidente... ¿Lo volverá a hacer?


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The name of the movie comes from a scene from another movie from Estrada named "La ley de Herodes". However, the original phrase was coined by Mario Vargas Llosa in 1990 See more »


Autor /Composed by Steve Everitt. KPM MUSIC LTD.
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Seemed as a remake of Wag The Dog
22 June 2015 | by DhariaLezinSee all my reviews

Although the movie parodies many Mexican characters very well known by the society, same as actual facts that happened on live TV and that became trending topics in the social media, the movie per se is not about how dirty the politicians can be, but about how the government and the TV completely manipulate the information that we get on the TV, and the levels they can achieve in order to hide something that they don't want the audience to know, such as creating fake news or ruining lives. I saw this topic (manipulation of information) perfectly pictured in the 1997 movie Wag the Dog (Barry Levinson). One of the other huge disappointments of the movie is that they keep on using the music pieces The Thieving Magpie and the Ode to Joy that although classical, are iconic in movies because of their appearance in A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick). And since there was lack of creativity in the music department, you keep on hearing The Thieving Magpie all along the film. Intended to be comedy, there is no dramatic tension at all (that can be achieved in comedy as well), and it becomes really long and repetitive, and also, since of course it doesn't have Hollywood budget, the camera stands still almost all the movie, and this makes it even more tedious. Another huge problem that is present on the contemporary Mexican cinema is that the director is almost always the writer and this movie is no exception which I don't totally agree with. However, I am gonna try to make few good notes in here: The actors, that mimic Mexican politicians and TV Stars or news presenters, really easy to identify, are excellent. Have a comic note without over acting. The actual news notes that inspired the movie are quite accurate, and the reflection of the Mexican Political Society (as far as we can assume) is excellent, same as the situation of the country. And that's why I don't give it a zero.

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16 October 2014 (Mexico) See more »

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A Ditadura Perfeita See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico


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2.35 : 1
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