THE BALLAD OF GREGORIO CORTEZ by Robert M. Young

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THE BALLAD OF GREGORIO CORTEZ by Robert M. Young

Cortez, uncovering the true story of an ordinary man persecuted by the law and transfigured by legend. Robert M. Young United States, 1982

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Aaron Davis Hall 129 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street On the campus of The City College of New York New York, NY 10031

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Forced to run from the Texas Rangers after a heated misunderstanding leads to the death of a lawman, Mexican American farmer Gregorio Cortez sets off in desperate flight, evading a massive manhunt on horseback for days.

Producer-star Edward James Olmos, seeking to shed new light on a historical incident that had been enshrined in a corrido (folk song), enlisted director Robert M. Young, a longtime practitioner of socially engaged realism, to helm this trailblazing independent film, a landmark of Chicano cinema.

Shifting its perspective between the pursuers and the pursued, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez is a thrilling chase film and a nuanced procedural that peels away the layers of prejudice and myth surrounding.

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