The Life of General Villa (1914)

Biography, Documentary | May 1914

Director:

Christy Cabanne

Production Company:

Mutual Film Corp.
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HISTORY

D. W. Griffith's actual participation in this film is spurious. The newsreel footage of The Battle of Torreon may have been released previously as a short. According to contemporary reviews, General Villa himself participated in the production, although the extent is unclear. A news item in MPW stated that the Mexican War Film Corp. (which was tied financially to Mutual) had purchased the American rights to this film. The film was probably re-edited and re-issued by Mutual on 15 Apr 1915 as The Outlaw's Revenge . Modern sources credit Raoul Walsh with the camera work for The Battle of Torreon . In 2003, HBO aired their cable television movie And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself , directed by Bruce Beresford, written by Larry Gelbart and starring Antonio Banderas as Pancho Villa. The television film dramatized events surrounding Villa's "invitation" to American filmmakers, including Griffith, to film his exploits as a means of financial support for his ... More Less

D. W. Griffith's actual participation in this film is spurious. The newsreel footage of The Battle of Torreon may have been released previously as a short. According to contemporary reviews, General Villa himself participated in the production, although the extent is unclear. A news item in MPW stated that the Mexican War Film Corp. (which was tied financially to Mutual) had purchased the American rights to this film. The film was probably re-edited and re-issued by Mutual on 15 Apr 1915 as The Outlaw's Revenge . Modern sources credit Raoul Walsh with the camera work for The Battle of Torreon . In 2003, HBO aired their cable television movie And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself , directed by Bruce Beresford, written by Larry Gelbart and starring Antonio Banderas as Pancho Villa. The television film dramatized events surrounding Villa's "invitation" to American filmmakers, including Griffith, to film his exploits as a means of financial support for his troops. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
27 Sep 2002.
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MPN
11 Jul 14
p. 16.
MPW
30 May 14
p. 1312.
MPW
20 Jun 14
p. 1648.
ReelL
9 May 14
p. 5, 22
ReelL
16 May 14
p. 6, 11
ReelL
23 May 14
pp. 10-11, 29
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Outlaw's Revenge
Release Date:
May 1914
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The early life of General Pancho Villa is dramatized, after which scenes of the Mexican war, particularly the Battle of Torreon are ... +


The early life of General Pancho Villa is dramatized, after which scenes of the Mexican war, particularly the Battle of Torreon are depicted. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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