John Wayne – The Alamo (1960)

Richard Widmark, alias Jim Bowie, and John Wayne, alias Davy Crockett.

Richard Widmark, alias Jim Bowie, and John Wayne, alias Davy Crockett.

Directed by and starring John Wayne, this is a reasonably good and well paced film, with several fine sequences including the final assault on the mission, which, in effect, is the real focus and locus of the film. There is virtually no context given that relates that the taking of the Alamo by the Mexican forces under Santa Anna was during a land war in which the Texians had by force seized land that was part of Mexico; and that it was Santa Anna, when he was president of the Mexican republic, who initiated the revocation of the 1824 Constitution. Apparently the word “republic” makes different hearts sing differently. It would be interesting to see a Mexican interpretation of this appropriation; and, even more, of the appropriation of California, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and even a bit of Wyoming, where the buffalo roam.

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