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Viva Zapata!

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 02/2/2003 , 112min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Marlon Brando Nominated
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Thomas K. Little Nominated
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Story and Screenplay John Steinbeck Nominated
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Lyle Wheeler Nominated
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Anthony Quinn Won
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Leland Fuller Nominated
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Drama or Comedy Score Alex North Nominated
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Claude E. Carpenter Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Elia Kazan Nominated
1952 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Actor Marlon Brando Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Mildred Dunnock Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Elia Kazan Nominated
1952 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Actor Marlon Brando Won

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Marlon Brando Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 Directors Guild of America Best Director Elia Kazan Nominated

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