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Juarez
edited by Paul J. Vanderwood and Tino Balio
University of Wisconsin Press, 1983
Paper: 978-0-299-08744-9
Library of Congress Classification PN1997.J78 1983
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.4372

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Juárez was Warner Brothers' cinematic attempt to answer the major international question of the 1930s: would democracy or dictatorship prevail? Eager to further the foreign policy objectives of its friend Franklin Delano Roosevelt and equally willing to add to its prestigious and profitable biography series, the stuido set a record high budget and assembled special film stock, extensive scholarly research, a loose time schedule, a renowned director, and a stellar cast that included Paul Muni, Brian Aherne, and Bette Davis. The film was meant to be an ideologically clear-cut statement against fascism. The ways in which this artistic propaganda backfired make Juárez a significant historical document for students of film, Latin American history, and U.S. foreign relations.

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