Friday, March 14, 2014

Barbarous Mexico -- March 14, 2014

The Mexican Revolution was a hot subject for US films.  Here we have an ad for Barbarous Mexico, a five reel feature from the 01-March-1913 Moving Picture World.  The title gives an idea of the feeling many people in the US had towards Mexico and its people.  "Every reel full of ginger." 

Francisco Madero, a democrat who fought for social justice, was a leader of the revolution, who was elected President after hated dictator Porfirio Diaz resigned and fled in 1911.  In February, 1913, General Victoriano Huerta led a military coup.  Madero was deposed and then assassinated.  I think I remember more than one movie where the characters would say Huerta's name then spit.  The only movie I could find in a quick Google search was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  I believe there are others. 

The ad refers to "the late revolution," but the revolution continued until about the end of the decade.  There is some disagreement about how to define its end. 

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