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Ciné-Concert: Pancho Villa’s Revenge

  • National Gallery of Art: East Bldg. 400 Constitution Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20004 United States (map)

February 19 at 4:30
East Building Auditorium

The Secret Quartet with vocalists Kiko Rodriguez and Tania Rodriguez Glenn, in performance

La Venganza de Pancho Villa — compiled from newsreels, fiction footage, and other sources about the exploits of the revolutionary Mexican leader Pancho Villa — was inspired by the legendary film The Life of General Villa (1916). Itinerant showmen Félix Padilla and son Edmundo of twin cities Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, created the film. The Padillas presented cinema throughout the Mexico-US border regions during the 1920s and 1930s, often featuring hand-cranked 78rpm recordings as musical accompaniment. Live music for this performance has been composed for string quartet, two Mexican American vocalists, and a track consisting of historic 1920s recordings from the Mexican American borderlands. (Félix and Edmundo Padilla, c. 1935, digital projection of 35mm restoration, 50 minutes) Preserved by the American Film Institute at L’Immagine Ritrovata Film Laboratory with support from the Film Foundation. Special thanks to Kim Tomadjoglou, Tamar Muskal, the Library of Congress and the Mexican Cultural Institute.