The eponymous character at the heart of the Spanish-language epic Zapata needs little introduction, even to non-history buffs. But this motion picture offers an unusual take on the mercurially tempered Mexican general by creating a fictionalized series of events from his personal life. In this revisionist piece of history, Emiliano Zapata -- while laboring as a Horse Master for Ignacio de la Torre y Mier -- falls passionately for Rosa Maria Rendón, the daughter of a wealthy landowner of British extraction. Even as Emiliano and Rosa become more committed and bound, amorously, to one another, they recognize the impossibility of their relationship given differences in race, class, social status, and the roles they will ultimately play as the sweeping currents of history pull them apart. Walter Doehner directs; Demian Bichir stars as Zapata, with Lorena Rojas as Rosa Maria Rendón. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
This film is not the actual movie from Director Arau, but part of a TV series apparently created by the people who produce Mexican soaps. It is, notwithstanding, very well made. This is a high-quality Mexican made-for-TV mini-series and its good. It is a different kind of production than what we are used to here in the US, and its got a few direction glitches (e.g., odd lighting, distracted extras in some scenes), but I found it refreshing, intriguing and loaded with history. The acting, wardrobe (early 1900s) and general feel of the film is comendable. And it's a good story. I am hooked. Unfortunately, not only has Blockbuster mixed up its Zapatas, but is also sending an incomplete version of the series (I only received one disc). If anybody knows where I can get the rest of the series please let me know asap. Ah... and the movie too.
I am a big fan of Latin American filmmaking (Amores Perros, etc.) but this was not that. It is TV quality, not movie quality, and very, very cheesy. If you have ever seen a Spanish soap opera on TV then you have the idea exactly. Actually, my wife and I did have a good time watching it but only making fun of the really bad acting. Be warned!
(Like the reviewer before me, I also did not receive both discs in the series. However, unlike the other reviewer, I am not looking for the other one!) :)