In 1910, a wealthy young Mexican named Francisco Madero challenged the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz and kicked off a decades-long struggle that would become known as the Mexican Revolution. Throughout September, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will commemorate the 100th anniversary of this pivotal event with a collection of films about the Mexican Revolution and its most intriguing figures, from Pancho Villa to Emiliano Zapata.
The offerings are highlighted by the TCM premieres of seven Spanish-language films by acclaimed Mexican director Ismael Rodriguez, including his 1957-60 trilogy about the life of revolutionary hero Pancho Villa. Four of the Rodriguez’s films will be presented late-night Sundays as part of TCM Imports, the networks international cinema showcase.
Elia Kazan’s epic Viva Zapata! (1952), making its first appearance on TCM, starring Marlon Brando as revolutionary Emiliano Zapata and Mexican-born Anthony Quinn in an Oscar-winning performance as his brother, Eufemio. TCM will also present the highly entertaining Viva Villa (1934), with Wallace Beery in one of his best roles as Pancho Villa.
“The Mexican Revolution is a fascinating period in history, full of memorable people and exciting stories,” said TCM host Robert Osborne. “TCMs commemoration offers viewers a chance to learn more about that country’s long struggle against dictatorship and corruption, while also enjoying the exciting work of some of the top film talent in Mexico.”