Entre marzo y abril de 1911, tres publicaciones periódicas norteamericanas dedicadas al cine publicaron artículos o notas respecto a la censura en Estados Unidos impuesta a las “vistas” sobre la Revolución Mexicana en aquella nación. Los semanarios que publicaron información sobre este acontecimiento fueron The Nichelodeon (18 de marzo), The Moving Pictures World (1 de abril) y Variety (15 de abril).
El primero, en escuetos dos párrafos justifica la censura en Los Ángeles dada la violencia que muestran las películas sobre la revolución, además la preocupación por los problemas que motive ver escenas de la revolución a los mexicanos residentes allá.
El segundo es el más largo y detallado, por llamarlo así, se concreta a la censura de la película Los Filibusteros y deja entrever que el consul mexicano está detrás de su intento de prohibir la película. Organismos sindicales contratan mexicanos para las películas sobre la revolución que se filman en Hollywood; hasta la ira del redactor contra la censura se deja ver.
El último y más escueto, coinciden el gobierno federal y el cónsul mexicano en que es recomendable evitar filmar películas sobre la revolución.
The Nickelodeon, Vol. V, No. 11, Mar. 18, 1911, p. 312:
Mexican War Films Censored
A report from Los Angeles states the district attorney is advocating a rigid censorship on moving pictures of the Mexican revolution scenes. Many of the film companies take picture here, and two have been quite busy of late at Glendale and the Santa Monica canyon, places which afford excellent scenery for war views. Through a labor agency they have engaged Mexicans as actors.
It is complained that scenes of cruelty and horror have been worked into many of the films. The district attorney takes the position that the presentation of such pictures might cause trouble among Mexicans in this country.
The Moving Picture World, Vol. 8, No. 13, Apr. 1, 1911, pp. 704-705:
Local Producers Censorship?
The recent Kalem film, “TheFilibusters,” has stirred up a local hornets’ nest. The film was a forerunner of a series planned of the Mexican Revolution. Objections to the film have been pouring into the district attorney’s office ever since its release. Most of the objections, it is hinted, have come through the influence of the Mexican Consul. Another rumor is to the effect that the district attorney is acting upon secret orders from Washington to discourage the making of films having for a subject the Mexican Revolution on the ground that the film stories are seditious to the interests of the Mexican government. The International Labor Agency, at 419 North Main Street, had twenty-five Mexicans at Glendale last week posing for the Kalem Company, and the Pathé Company at Santa Monica Canyon are said to be using a greater number in the production of war films. District Attorney Fredericks yesterday said that rigid censorship will be exercised on all moving picture films dealing with the Mexican Revolution. Labor agencies have been requested to discontinue supplying men for this work. The writer saw the film in question and in it caw nothing objectionable and much that was commendabe. In the first place there was no bloodshed and brutality as alleged. The story was unusual and interesting and very well acted and directed. At this writing the local government court officials and attorneys have taken no action in the matter. If objections are to be raised to such films, the objections should come from government officials, who are most concerned, and not from county officials, who are exceeding their authority in interfering with a legitimate industry the individuals composing which have broken no laws.
Variety, Vol. XXII, No. 6, Apr. 15, 1911, p. 10:
No Revolution Pictures
It is doubtful if any pictures of the Mexican Revolution will be shown throughout the country, as a result of the United States government discouraging the making of films having the Revolution as a subject, and the Mexican Consul objecting to their exhibition.