Turner movie channel celebrates 100th anniversary of Mexican Revolution

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TV channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will commemorate the Mexican Revolution of Pancho Villa and Emilio Zapata ending the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz 100 years ago, with a collection of film showings during September.

Highlights of the television channel's offerings include the following films:

Elia Kazan's epic Viva Zapata! (1952), starring Marlon Brando as revolutionary Emilio Zapata and Mexican-born Anthony Quinn in an Oscar-winning performance as his brother, Eufemio.

Also presented is Viva Villa (1934), with Wallace Beery as Pancho Villa and co-starring Fay Wray. Jack Conway directs from Ben Hecht's screenplay.

The channel premieres of seven Spanish-language films by acclaimed Mexican director Ismael Rodriguez include his 1957-60 trilogy about the life of revolutionary hero Pancho Villa and female revolutionary La Valentina, starring Mexican actor Pedro Amendariz.

"TCM's commemoration offers viewers a chance to learn more about that country's long struggle against dictatorship and corruption, while also enjoying the exciting work of some of the top film talent in Mexico," host Robert Osborne said in a statement.

Some of the films are part of the late night ‘TCM Imports' programming with films such as La Cucaracha (1959) with famed Mexican actresses Dolores Del Rio and Katy Jurado.