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And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself


In 1914 a movie studio (in Fort Lee, New Jersey, the movie capital of the world!) contracted with Pancho Villa to film his revolution. Unfortunately (according to this movie, which is based on fact but probably takes some liberties) the real stuff wasn’t exciting, the audience laughed. So Pancho, with a rather prescient understanding of modern media, agreed to stage parts of his revolution for the cameras, though much of the blood was real. However accurate or not, this is an interesting movie but doesn’t really go anywhere.