Though the screenplay "missed" something and didn't give more of a personal connection to the material this solid film has admirable direction by Kazan and performances by Brando and Quinn.
Brando and his fake lashes , a young and slim Anthony Quinn, Jean Peters as a Mexican girl (tough job) and Alan Reed as Pancho Villa (easy job). Politics corrupts and noble ideas lead to terror. Zapata's death, minced by dozens of bullets. Masterpiece.
Biopic directed by Elia Kazan, with an original screenplay by John Steinbeck, is unfortunately underwhelming. It has a number of strong moments, but as a whole is a rather turgid and heavy-handed melodrama, with uneven performances from its much lauded cast. Not a bad film, really, but a disappointment considering the talent involved. Great score by Alex North.
No es ninguna obra maestra, por supuesto, pero vale la pena ver esta cinta por lo divertido que resulta el percatarse de la infinidad de baches e inexactitudes historicas que se presentan, pero principalmente, por el tono critico y la ironia manejada sobre el asunto. Sobra decirlo, pero resulta mucho mas eficaz la solida presencia de un Marlon Brando como Zapata, que la puteria a flor de piel de Alejandro Fernandez.