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Viva Zapata! Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Produced by [[Performer~P117829~Darryl F. Zanuck~darrylfzanuck]] and directed by [[Performer~P96965~Elia Kazan~eliakazan]], this film follows the life of Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata ([[Performer~P8070~Marlon Brando~marlonbrando]]) from his peasant upbringing, through his rise to power in the early 1900s, to his death. The film presents an interesting but fictionalized picture of Zapata. Zapata, the child of tenant-farmers, was joined by Pancho Villa in his rebellion against tyrannical President Porfirio Diaz. The film romanticizes Zapata and in doing so unfortunately distorts the true nature of the wars he waged. Zapata fought, not to conquer Mexico but to free the land for the peasants of Morelos and other southern provinces. The Oscar-nominated screenplay by [[Performer~P67904~John Steinbeck~johnsteinbeck]] ignores some historical details in order to focus on the corruptive influence of power. [[Performer~P8070~Marlon Brando~marlonbrando]] won an Academy Award nomination for his work, as did [[Performer~P107297~Anthony Quinn~anthonyquinn]], who took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his headstrong, hard-fighting, hard-drinking, intensely romantic character who does not hesitate to die for love. The film also features a beautiful score by [[Performer~P104664~Alex North~alexnorth]], who also received an Academy Award nomination. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

  • Release date:February 7, 1952

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leland Fuller Best Black and White Art Direction 1952 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Marlon Brando Best Foreign Actor 1952 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Marlon Brando Best Actor 1952 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marlon Brando Best Actor 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alex North Best Drama or Comedy Score 1952 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Elia Kazan Best Film - Any Source 1952 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Elia Kazan Best Director 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lyle Wheeler Best Black and White Art Direction 1952 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mildred Dunnock Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anthony Quinn Best Supporting Actor 1952 Winner

Cast

Marlon Brando
as Emiliano Zapata
Jean Peters
as Josefa Espejo
Anthony Quinn
as Eufemio Zapata
Joseph Wiseman
as Fernando Aguirre
Arnold Moss
as Don Nacio
Margo
as Soldadera
Alan Reed, Sr.
as Pancho Villa
Lou Gilbert
as Pablo
Mildred Dunnock
as Senora Espejo
Frank Silvera
as Huerta
Florenz Ames
as Senor Espejo
Bernie Gozier
as Zapatista
Frank de Kova
as Col. Guajardo
Pedro Regas
as Innocente
Richard Garrick
as Old General
Fay Roope
as Diaz
Will Kuluva
as Lazaro
Abner Biberman
as Captain
Philip Van Zandt
as Extra
Guy Thomajan
as Eduardo
Nestor Paiva
as New General
Henry Silva
as Peon who challenges "president" Zapata
Belle Mitchell
as Nacio's Wife
Robert Filmer
as Captain
Joseph Granby
as Gen. Fuentes
Peter Mamakos
as Soldier
Julia Montoya
as Wife
Fernanda Eliscu
as Fuentes' Wife
George Lewis
as Rurale

Crew

Elia Kazan
Director
Darryl F. Zanuck
Producer
Joe MacDonald
Cinematographer
Alex North
Composer (Music Score)
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Alfred Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Leland Fuller
Art Director
William Travilla
Costume Designer
Roger Heman
Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Sersen
Special Effects
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