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El General

Author: Natalia AlmadaDaniela AlatorreAlicia CallesAltamura Films.Independent Television Service.; et al; All authors
Publisher: New York : Women Make Movies, 2009.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : Spanish : English version
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Filmmaker Natalia Almada's great-grandfather Plutarco Elias Calles served as a general in the Mexican Revolution and became the president of Mexico in 1924. Today, he is remembered as a dictator who ruled through puppet presidents until his exile in 1936. Inspired by audio recordings Almada inherited from her grandmother about her great-grandfather, the film presents a complex and visually arresting portrait of a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical films
Historical films
Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Foreign films
Motion pictures
Spanish language films
Named Person: Plutarco Elías Calles; Plutarco Elías Calles; Plutarco Elías Calles
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Natalia Almada; Daniela Alatorre; Alicia Calles; Altamura Films.; Independent Television Service.; Latino Public Broadcasting (Firm); Women Make Movies (Firm); et al
OCLC Number: 495846760
Language Note: In English and Spanish with Spanish and English subtitles.
Notes: Title from feature.
Videodisc release of the 2009 documentary.
Credits: Director of photography, Chuy Chavez ; edited by Natalia Almada ; original music, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, and Shazahd Ismaili.
Performer(s): With Natalia Almada and Alicia Calles.
Description: 1 videodisc (83 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; stereo.
Responsibility: directed and written by Natalia Almada ; produced by Daniela Alatorre and Natalia Almada ; a co-production of Altamura Films and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) ... [et al.].

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Filmmaker Natalia Almada's great-grandfather Plutarco Elias Calles served as a general in the Mexican Revolution and became the president of Mexico in 1924. Today, he is remembered as a dictator who ruled through puppet presidents until his exile in 1936. Inspired by audio recordings Almada inherited from her grandmother about her great-grandfather, the film presents a complex and visually arresting portrait of a family and country living under the shadows of the past.

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(EMRO user published 2010-07-08 ) Very Good Permalink
El General refers to General Plutarco Elías Calles, one of the “strong men” (caudillos) of the Mexican Revolution who served as the President of Mexico during the years 1924–1928. The film’s director, Natalia Almada, is the great granddaughter of General Calles. Almada inherited...
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