In 1914, six friends, all rancheros who have sat out the Revolution, decide to do the honorable thing and join the rebel army of Gen. Pancho Villa (Domingo Soler). As the months go by, however, their idealistic fervor is ground down: first by tedium, then by the savagery of combat. After two die in battle and a third is killed by friendly fire, the survivors’ patriotic zeal is slowly erased by the war’s brutality. A humane and increasingly sorrowful look at the perversion of the Revolution’s best intentions, ¡VÁMONOS CON PANCHO VILLA! was voted the best Mexican film of all time in 1994.
About Fernando de Fuentes’ Revolution Trilogy
Between 1933 and 1936 Fernando de Fuentes, an up-and-coming Mexican filmmaker, directed three films about the nation’s recently-ended revolution (1910-1920). Though narratively unconnected, the three stand-alone films are linked thematically, sharing a clear-eyed view of the bloody struggle for tierra y libertad (land reform and liberty), and constitute an informal trilogy. All three were praised at the time of their release, and are still regarded as among the most important and memorable Mexican films. Responding to popular demand, AFS is proud to present these three classics of Mexico’s Golden Age Cinema. Each screening will be hosted by University of Texas Professor Charles Ramírez Berg, author of the book “The Classical Mexican Cinema: The Poetics of the Exceptional Golden Age Films.”
The Harry Ransom Center presents three Classical Mexican Cinema screenings this November. Learn more >>