And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself

TitleAnd Starring Pancho Villa as Himself
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsBeresford, Bruce
Running Time112 min
Date Released09/07/2003
DistributorCity Entertainment
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa (1878–1923) finds himself without adequate funding to finance his war against the military-run government. He also finds himself at odds with the Americans because of the Hearst media empire's press campaign against him. To counter both of these, he sends emissaries to movie producers to convince them to pay to film his progress and the actual battles. Producer D.W. Griffith becomes interested and sends Frank Thayer with a film crew to develop film reels. Thayer becomes horrified and fascinated by the bandit. He finds an enigmatic individual that is both ghoulishly brutal and charmingly captivating. The resulting film became the first feature length movie, introducing scores of Americans to the true horrors of war that they had never personally seen. 

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