Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Mexican Revolution (TV)

Mexikaniche Revolution - German title
Die mexikanische Revolution - Rebell ohne Waffe (Part I) - German title
Die mexikanische Revolution - Machtkampf ohne Gnade (Part II) - German title
Mexican Revolution - English title

A 1968 West German television production [Windrose-Filmproduktion, Zweites Deutsches
Producers: J.J. Frank, Peter von Zahn
Director: Jürgen Goslar
Story: Michael Mansfield (Eckart Heinze-Mansfeld)
Teleplay: Michael Mansfield (Eckart Heinze-Mansfeld)
Photography: ? [black & white]
Music: ?
Running time: 149 minutes

Francisco Madero - Konrad Georg
Zapata - Erik Schumann
Villa - Horst Niendorf
Gonzales - Claus Biederstaedt
Diaz - Ernst Fritz Fürbringer
Obregon - Jürgen Goslar
Limantour - Franz Schafheitlin
Huerta - Heinz Klevenow (Heinz Klevenow, Jr.)
Flores - Albert Bessler
Herrera - Wolfgang Schwarz
Gustavo Madero - Jan Hendriks
Navarro - Martin Hirthe
Fierro - Wolfgang Völz
Pino - Harry Engel
Andres - Günter Glaser
Carranza - P. Walter Jacob (Paul Walter Jacob)
Wilson - Gert Frickhöffer (Gerd Frickhöffer)
Sterling - Wolfgang Spier
Sanchez - Herbert Knippenberg

Mexico in 1910, resembles a powder keg. Immeasurable is the misery of the rural population. Based on the 330 large families in the country, for thirty years ruled by the aged President Porfirio Diaz. Francisco Madero, himself a member of a millionaire family, wants to enforce that the liberal constitution per se of the country finally becomes a reality. He wants at any price to shed blood and initiates the bloodiest revolution of the century. Pancho Villa joins with his bands with the liberal Madero. Even Emiliano Zapata, the Indian leader of the farm workers movement, joints with his followers to the group. At the end of many hard clashes Madero is declared the winner in Mexico City.

This made for television mini-series was shown in three parts on German TV in August of 1968.

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