Milagro Beanfield War

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The Milagro Beanfield War is a contemporary film written by John Nichols and directed by Robert Redford. It was produced by a Latino film maker, Moctesuma Esparza. The movie introduces the Mexican American population stories, history and sheds light on their culture. It is set a fictional town in Northern New Mexico and deals with a very small town in a rural area that is presented in the film as basically being unchanged for centuries. The film is based on a novel with the same name. The Milagro Beanfield War demonstrates that as long as oppressed people believe and act upon the messages of the oppressors, they will not have the ability to overcome their mistreatment individually and collectively. For example, in this film the…show more content…
The owner of the Frontier Bar, Tranquilino Jeantete, thinks Joe wants to make a defiant gesture towards the Devine Company, which runs the small, half-deserted town. The town's storekeeper, Nick Rael, thinks Joe hopes to make trouble and "drive up ammo sales at the same time he put Nick out of business," thereby wriggling out of the $90 debt he owes to the store for items bought on credit. The Devine Company's owner, Ladd Devine the Third, thinks Joe intends "a personal assault on his empire," and the old-timer Amarante Córdova thinks "Joe did it because God had ordered him to start the Revolution without any further delay"(Esparza, 1988).
However, it is difficult to distinguish exactly what Redford wants to stress. Is he pushing the preservation of land, the rise of the working-class, or the influence of the Anglo/Spanish/Indian culture? All of these themes, while intriguing in their own rite appear to lose each other in the mix. Once such confusion is with Ruby, (Sonia Braga) her character degenerates into the stereotype of the Latin woman. In the film she is effectively de-sexed, held aloof from any male interest. In addition, from her first portrayal as one of the agents of action, an active subject of empowerment, her role shifts her into one of the basic stereotypes of women within the Patriarchal imaginary: women as land. From

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