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Documentary: The Land of Montezuma (VIDEO)

Have you ever wondered what Mexico City would have been like in the years just after the Mexican Revolution?

Well, as luck would have it, we’ve unearthed a fascinating documentary film of the city in the 1920’s and into early 1930’s, giving us a rare look — in motion pictures — of life in this modern-day metropolis as was in that era.

The Land of Montezuma is a documentary film by J.H. Hoffberg. According to our information, it was supposedly released in 1942, though the footage dates to the 1920’s and possibly into the early 1930’s.

And in fact, we know the film would have been made prior to 1934, because in it, we see the still unfinished Palacio de Bellas Artes, which the narrator points out has still not been fully completed. It was inaugurated September 29, 1934.

Furthermore, our narrator references the “one million people” who live in the city, the count the city had reached right around 1930.

So take a look, and enjoy a rare glimpse far back in the history of Mexico City, in The Land of Montezuma.

Image from the documentary film, Land of Montezuma.

Image from the documentary film, Land of Montezuma.

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This entry was posted on January 17, 2013 by in History, Movies, Video and tagged , , , , , , .
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