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And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself (2003) (C) - Anthology Ottawa

And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself (2003) (C)

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"Two thumbs up!" Ebert and Roeper.

Golden Globe nominated Antonio Banderas (Once Upon a Time in Mexico) stars in this incredible true story of how Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa allowed a Hollywood crew to film him in battle, altering the course of film and military history in the process.

The adventure gets its start when early movie giants D.W. Griffith (Colm Feore) and Harry Aiken (Jim Broadbent) send a junior executive, Frank Thayer (Eion Bailey) to Mexico to persuade the cash-strapped, publicity-hungry Villa to let them film his revolution.

Stepping into the literal cross fire, Thayer's crew risk their lives in the mingling of fiction and reality. After a string of dangerous exploits, narrow escapes and double crosses worthy of a silent action short, Thayer and Villa make their movie, and "The Life of General Villa" is released in the U.S. to popular acclaim. The film changes the public opinion in Villa's favor and proves that "the lens is mightier than the sword." -- (C) HBO Films, 2003, USA.

Starring Antonio Banderas, Eion Bailey, Alan Arkin, Jim Broadbent.

Directed by Bruce Beresford.

*****

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