Viva Zapata!
First screened in August 2013
Director: Elia Kazan. Cast: Marlon Brando, Joseph Wiseman, Anthony Quinn, Jean Peters, Arnold Moss, Alan Reed, Mildred Dunnock, Harold Gordon, Frank Silvera, Florenz Ames, Lou Gilbert, Fay Roope. Screenplay: John Steinbeck.

Twitter Capsule: Preposterous feints at "Mexican" idiom but powerful lensing, earnest political impetus. Brando, cast find truth in it.

VOR:   Of course its authenticity is dubious but Kazan wasn't interesting in doing endless Streetcars, and he got Fox to go along. Provocative, no matter the faked or glossed bits.

Photo © 1952 20th Century Fox

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Actor: Marlon Brando
Best Supporting Actor: Anthony Quinn
Best Story and Screenplay: John Steinbeck
Best Art Direction: Lyle R. Wheeler & Leland Fuller; Thomas Little & Claude E. Carpenter
Best Original Score (Comedy/Drama): Alex North

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Mildred Dunnock

Other Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor (Brando)
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Foreign Actor (Brando)

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