Thayer truly regretted ever making the movies because the final film showed an edited version of the widows killing, making Villa look like a saint and not a villain. After the films were released Villa was looked at by American politicians as a passionate and influential leader because he considered a main player in the political and military outcomes of the revolution. Pancho Villa was well known by American politicians as the leader of the northern states and by being the Governor of Chihuahua. When Pancho Villa executed sixteen U.S. citizens and ordered his forces to raid the U.S. town of Columbus, New Mexico, killing seventeen Americans and burning the town to the ground, Mexican leader Emiliano Zapata was quoted as saying “Villa has given himself into Carranza’s hands and has provided the Federal Government with a legitimate excuse to destroy him”, this is exactly what Carranza wanted and President Woodrow Wilson order U.S. Army troops into Mexico to capture or kill Pancho Villa (Syme, p.73-74). Still unclear whether Villa actually participated in the raid, this action changed the course of politics between Mexico and America during this very difficult time.
Ali Shariati is a Shi’a Muslim living in Iran. Iran is an Islamic country to which majority is Shi’ite. Shariati is a revolutionary thinker, philosopher activist and one of the brilliant modern interpreters of Islam. He was described by Muhammad Tariq as, “a reactionary fanatic who rejects anything new without knowledge nor he was an intellectual imitating the western perspectives without his independent judgement (Tariq, n.d.)”. He studied Islam and presented an Islamic critiques in response to the young Muslims who are being influenced by the western thoughts of capitalism or Marxism.
The set for this dance was quite simple. There was very little light given on stage, and it mainly consisted of a lantern that the dancer was using to tell his story. The music was airy and almost creepy giving a sense of aloneness. His movements were light and the story gave off that he was lost. He would glide from spot to spot slowly, and purposefully.
A scene of glitz and glamour, with flappers twirling and trumpets blaring is often what comes to mind when thinking of swing dancing. Or, perhaps one thinks of a soldier and his sweetheart reconnecting after the war on the dance floor. No matter what one pictures, it is very likely that everyone is familiar with swing dancing in some sense. This idea speaks to just how popular swing is and how it has survived the test of time. Swing dancing has a very unique history and way of development that has allowed it to still be danced often today.
The only prop that the main actors and actresses had was hats that they used in one of the dances. The girls’ costumes were all dance outfits: tight-fitting leotards with a loose shirt. Some had leg warmers, too, suggesting that this play was made in the 80’s. The boys’ costumes were khaki pants with a nice shirt. Cassie, one of the main characters, was wearing a dress.
The film treats the party as a masquerade type of dance - with each person wearing their own (in this case identical) clothing and a mask of their choice to conceal who they are. This take works wonderfully as it leads the audience to believe that they have actually fooled each other. The same goes for the trick between Hero and the Prince - unless she could detect by his voice that he was not Claudio, it was a perfect disguise. The live version takes on the party as they would within their setting - as a costume party. While this is amusing for the audience it does nothing to hide who the characters themselves are - this takes away from the illusion within the play.
For example, when the audience is first introduced to Maria Bernardos sister , she wears a white dress symbolizing a blank slate, excited for new opportunities and encounters she might have in her first night out in Manhattan. Subsequently Maria complains to Anita about wearing a white dress to the dance and suggest that she should wear a dress red instead. Marias desire to use a red dress can be perceived as her wanting to be an adult or her desire to adapt into American culture. The representation of the color red in this scene suggests she is seeking new and exciting experiences and