Viva Zapata! [DVD] [1952]

  • SKU: 21134866
  • Release Date: 05/07/2013
  • Rating: NR
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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (10 out of 10)

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    Synopsis


    Viva Zapata!
    Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and directed by Elia Kazan, this film follows the life of Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata (Marlon Brando) 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 John Steinbeck ignores some historical details in order to focus on the corruptive influence of power. Marlon Brando won an Academy Award nomination for his work, as did Anthony Quinn, 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 Alex North, who also received an Academy Award nomination. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Marlon Brando
      Marlon Brando - Emiliano Zapata
    • Jean Peters
      Jean Peters - Josefa Espejo
    • Anthony Quinn
      Anthony Quinn - Eufemio Zapata
    • Joseph Wiseman
      Joseph Wiseman - Fernando Aguirre
    • Arnold Moss
      Arnold Moss - Don Nacio



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Viva Zapata! Triumphs!

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      SleepFan
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      Director Elia Kazan uses all his masterful skills to bring Emiliano Zapata to life. Kazan carefully lights faces in the dark, shows faces in mirror images, juxtaposes religiosity and violence, and adapts John Steinbeck's profound script with a thoughtful contemplation in cinema. Moreover, Marlon Brando realistically depicts Zapata's struggle to free his Mexican people. He adds an air of sincerity and caution in his deep gazes and wise words. Brando is excellent. You will be drawn to his magnetism and delivery. Similarly, Alex North composed a glorious score for Viva Zapata! His music soars over the battlefield and stings you in the dramatic scenes. North is at his best here amazingly still brilliant right after his musical selections from A Streetcar Named Desire. Overall, Viva Zapata is up there with Ben Hur, Spartacus, and Gladiator. This is one film to remember. Viva Zapata!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Kazan/Steinbeck/Brando

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      sirchharles
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      Those three names connected to a piece of historical recreation that has value as drama and history, but seems disappointing when one considers each of their filmographies. And that term is not exactly correct, It is for Kazan (although he did many things on Bway which have proved to be classic) and Steinbeck's novels as well as their film adaptations are all superior to this. It is very early Brando, though. His third--after THE MEN and STREETCAR, and his performance is very interesting, but uncharacteristic of his other work. . It has strengths but doesn't end up having the emotional punch of most of the better films these people have created. It's good, but no bullseye. This film has not been available on dvd, until rather recently, so the blu ray had real appeal, but it doesn't really look much different than a normal release.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Blu-Ray of one of a forgotten gem.

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      HudsonHawk
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      Marlon Brando absolutely owned the 50's as an actor, and Viva Zapata! (which he was nominated for best actor on), is sort of a lost gem from this period. Most people know his work with Elia Kazan on On the Waterfront and Streetcar Named Desire, but this is another great from their cinematic pairings. The blu-ray comes highly recommended, especially at the great in-store BB price I found it at. The B&W 4:3 image is stunning with a filmic presentation that really does a good job of honoring it's 35mm roots. The mono audio track is presented in lossless via DTS-HD MA, and while it's mono, it's a great presentation of that mono track and while it's thin sounding compared to more modern tracks, it's an admirable track with strong clarity. Definitely comes recommended!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

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      Mikey
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      I really enjoyed this movie mostly because I never knew the history of Emilio Zapata. Marlon Brando especially was incredible as Zapata. I was entertained by this movie throughout and was never bored.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Well worth seeing

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      Iwatchmovies
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      This is a very good remastering of an older B and W Brando film. The acting is very good and Elia Kazan is at his best directing this film. I would go so far as calling this a classic.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great rare classic

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      Tfalcon9
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      Saw this movie in VCR many many years ago. Loved it even though the resolution was terrible. This time the picture is really good and the movie is a truly classic.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

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      Lilrichard
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      When this movie was made it had only been 40 yrs removed from the actual events. Now that I've watched again it's been 100 yrs.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Movie of the Mexican Revolution

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      louied52
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      Movie of the Mexican Revolution. It is the biography of Emiliano Zapata.

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