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Guillermo Calles: A Biography of the Actor and Mexican Cinema Pioneer Rogelio Agrasánchez

Guillermo Calles: A Biography of the Actor and Mexican Cinema Pioneer

Rogelio Agrasánchez

Published April 27th 2010
ISBN : 9780786449453
Paperback
195 pages
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In 1912, Guillermo Calles (1893-1958) became the first Mexican actor to appear in films made in California. Despite limited resources, he began directing and producing his own movies, and in 1929 pioneered production of Spanish-language sound films.MoreIn 1912, Guillermo Calles (1893-1958) became the first Mexican actor to appear in films made in California. Despite limited resources, he began directing and producing his own movies, and in 1929 pioneered production of Spanish-language sound films. His major works, among them the long-unavailable El indio yaqui and Raza de bronce (both 1927), represented Calles tireless crusade to restore the image of Mexicans and Indians in an era dominated by Hollywood stereotypes. This biography traces Calles career from his earliest Hollywood days through the 1950s. Included are the only surviving images of the filmmakers silent productions, a closing commentary on his intimate circle of relatives, and an appendix featuring two fascinating letters written by Calles during a filming trip.