Nov 302010
 

A film dramatisation of John Reed‘s newspaper accounts of the Mexican Revolution. Considered the first real film in Mexican cinema to be made on the Mexican Revolution. John Reed, Harvard graduate and American journalist, became a socialist in the period running up to World War I. In 1913, he travelled to Mexico with his lover, Mabel Dodge, to report on the ongoing Mexican Revolution. In 1910, Francisco Madero, a wealthy landowner, seized control of the government, and overthrew General Porfirio Diaz. Failing to live up to his promises of land reform, Madero was challenged by the peasant leader Emiliano Zapata. Madero was assassinated by a group of rightist generals and replaced, ultimately, by the American-backed General Huerta who, in turn was challenged by Pancho Villa. For four months, Reed followed Villa on his march south from Texas through Chihuahua and south towards Torreon. Traveling in the company of peones, Reed got to know firsthand the people who supported Villa in his ultimate overthrow of the Mexican government. This FILM and BOOK tells Reed’s account of those four months. Reed left Mexico before Villa’s job was completed. After a short time in the United States, he travelled to Europe where he witnessed, first hand, the Russian Revolution.

TEXT: Insurgent Mexico (English)

BOOK: México insurgente (Spanish PDF and ISSUU)

Search also: FILMS: Cananea, Zapata en Chinameca, The Fighter, Corrido(s), Zapata and Villa Enter Mexico City, The Funeral of Emiliano Zapata

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