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The Shadow of the Tyrant

1960

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  • Suffused with even more anguish and barely concealed outrage is La Sombra del Caudillo, widely considered Bracho's last great film. Its action unfolding between 1920 and 1930, the decade immediately after the revolution, the movie tracks the labyrinthine machinations and betrayals committed by opposing warlords in their bid for the presidency. La Sombra del Caudillo would not be screened publicly in Mexico for 30 years, the sick-making vertigo it depicts too much for the nation's ruling elite.

  • A fierce portrayal of Mexican political power struggles during the 1920s—with darkly etched scenes of death and betrayal—it was banned from public screening until 1990. It is showing at MoMA in a restoration based on a surviving 16mm print, and is just one of the remarkable achievements of this fascinating director.