I found the video below on a blog, the author of which found it on another blog. It’s a great video from early 1940’s Mexico. In full technicolor glory! The sort of video I’ve been searching for for ages. I’ve seen lots of videos from my own country from the early 40’s, but few of them in colour. And the contrast between the two nations during that period cannot be overstated.
I’d love to be able to step back to 40’s and 50’s Mexico and spend a few years seeing the sights as they were, when the Zocalo was a green plaza without half a town’s worth of plastic tents filled with protesters on hunger strike. Check out the lives of Diego, Frida and Leon Trotsky as they made modern Mexican history. Visit Coyoacan when it was still a town in it’s own rights, separated from DF by green fields and canals.
I went hunting through the links on the video’s YouTube page to see what other bits of film I could dig up. TravelTalks had a second short Mexico film about motoring through the country which is worth watching. There’s also this 1941 US made film about Mexico in general. And another, but from a little later in 1947. In Spanish, there is the first ever Telecast in Mexico from 1950.
Here’s the rather crooked looking President Diaz Ordaz opening the Mexico City metro system, and a video of the first line being built. For sports fans here’s a propoer widescreen video covering the opening of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, and this brief video showing the opening of the World Cup in Mexico two years later.