The universe of Felix and Edmundo Padilla, the last of the itinerant film exhibitors in the silent era and authors of La venganza de Pancho Villa, one of the most outstanding compilation films ever made. Weaving the obsessive fantasies of the protagonists with historical fact, Acme & Co. revisits a time and place populated with images that refuse to die.
Parting from an archaic database containing thousands of film stills from one of Salvador Toscano’s compilation films, this piece deconstructs Memorias de un mexicano—the film that Carmen Toscano put together in 1950 using the footage her father had shot. The film seeks to reconstruct what would have been Toscano’s last film: Historia de la Revolución Mexicana.
With the collaboration of: The Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE) and The Fundación Toscano, IAP.
The Lost Reels of Pancho Villa. This documentary follows the search for a lost movie: The Life of General Villa, produced under a contract between the rebel Mexican general and the Mutual Film Corporation, in 1914
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