Mexican History Movies In English

Tuesday, August 9 by Ed Mulero

Mexican history movies in English display the rich culture of Central America and people's influence throughout the years. Movies are a great medium to capture the significant moments in Mexican history for many looking to learn about their stories. English audiences enjoy the engrossing legacies in Mexican history along with the action and drama provided by movies. The larger than life characters of Mexican history explode across the movie screen with wonderful color and intriguing tales of how they came to be. Entertainment bring the beauty and complexity of history for many English-speaking audiences who want to mix a little bit of education in their movies.

  1. "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself." Antonio Banderas plays the titular Mexican revolutionary who allows Hollywood to film his war against government. Negative press from the American media also have complicated Pancho Villa's campaign so their filming his battles can help his image as well as fund the war in the process. Filmmaker Frank Thayer follows his subject through the turbulent times of Mexican history to present to the American public the true horrors of Pancho's war.  The movie presents the man at his best and worst to show the complicated general who led the revolution which changed Mexico for generations to come. 
  2. "Frida." Salma Hayek is the famed Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, who had to overcome a near debilitating injury to create the legendary art that made her famous. The movie also explores her complex and open marriage to the famed Diego Rivera to the controversial relationship with Leon Trotsky. Frida Kahlo's passion for life and art made her an enigmatic figure in the art world. Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Ashley Judd and Edward Norton  round out the strong cast in this wonderful historic portrait of the woman, lover and artist.
  3. "The Alamo." The famed stand off led by Colonel Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett against the Mexican army led by Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana. The Alamo was the starting point for the territory of Texas' march toward independence from Mexico to form their own republic. The movie also recounts the aftermath of the battle and their ultimate victory over Santa Ana's forces. Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton and Emilio EchevarrÍa star in the recreation of a pivotal moment in Texan and Mexican history.

-Eduardo Camacho