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    The Great Mexican War (El Paso Feature Film, 1914). Three Sheet (41" X 81"). This early and historically important four reel film has an amazing story behind it. One of the first war documentaries with actual battle scenes, it was filmed and hosted by Dr. Charles A. Pryor, who along with all of America during 1914, was fascinated with the revolutionary leader, Pancho Villa. Apparently several film companies sent crews to the Mexican border to attempt to secure film rights to Villa's story and to shoot footage of the Mexican Revolution. In this film, there are scenes from the Battle of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, after which Villa became provisional governor of the state of Chihuahua. Villa's popularity in the US evaporated after 1916 when he and his men killed several Americans and president Woodrow Wilson supported Villa's rival. Charles Pryor promoted his film across the country, when crowds were hungry for any news from the war, and although he claimed on his posters that he was a reporter for the Associated Press, this was one of many of his false claims. Shortly after the release, he was arrested for grand larceny, never delivering the movie to some theater owners. This stone litho three sheet was part of the group of posters featured in an episode of PBS' History Detectives. According to their research, copies of the original film still exist. Backed with its original canvas, this poster has pinholes in the corners, light stains throughout the image, crossfold separations with some paper loss, corner bends and a tear with paper loss in the upper right. We are very proud to offer this extremely rare and stunningly beautiful poster. Fine+ on Canvas.

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