Ammunition Smuggling on the Mexican Border: Incidents of the Mexican Revolution

Ammunition Smuggling on the Mexican Border: Incidents of the Mexican Revolution

Ammunition Smuggling on the Mexican Border: Incidents of the Mexican Revolution (1914)

Release : 1914-09-29
Genre : Western, Documentary, Drama
Runtime : 41 minutes
Company : Elk Photoplays Inc, Buckhorn Film Co
Cast : Eugene Buck, Candelario Ortiz, Tom Gardner, Ive White, Bruce Roberts
Language : en


Descriptions Ammunition Smuggling on the Mexican Border: Incidents of the Mexican Revolution

Around the film hang fascinating questions about border politics, which I’ll touch on in an introduction before the screening. One of Eugene Buck’s motivations for making the film may have been his rough cross-examination during his kidnappers’ first trials, in October 1913, when defense attorneys cast him as a confused and unreliable witness against idealistic freedom fighters. On film he could reproduce the pursuit, the shootouts, his kidnapping, and his friend’s murder just as he had testified. Reenacting the crime on film may have been the best revenge—and a way to honor the sacrifice of Deputy Ortiz, a twenty-year police veteran and, for the era, a rare Mexican American lawman.

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