Bull Fight in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico (1912)

La Independent Moving Pictures Company (IMP) fue una compañía cinematográfica fundada en 1909 por Carl Laemmle, y se localizaba en la esquina de la calle 53 y la Onceava Avenida en Nueva York, además de tener oficinas en Fort Lee, Nueva Jersey. Finalmente fue absorbida por la Universal.

The Implet, revista corportiva de la Imp Films Company de Nueva York, reseña una corrida de toros en Nuevo Laredo filmada por su compañía. Desafortunadamete no mencionan nada sobre los camarógrafos y director de la vista. Tampoco mencionan a los toreros.

La primera nota se publicó durante dos semanas consecutivas en junio — días 1 y 8 — mientras que la segunda solo una vez, en la edición del día primero. Así pues durante esa quincena se promovió el filme en cuatro ocasiones, si consideramos la fotografía que anuncia la corrida en la parte inferior.

Resulta curioso que la corrida se realizó dentro de los festejos del natalicio de George Washington y las notas hacen referencia a que los organizadores de ambos lados de la frontera son texanos-mexicanos que profesan la religión católica. Se recalca que no existe crueldad o brutalidad en la fiesta brava y puede ser comparada con la caza o la pesca.

Bullfight in Nuevo Laredo, Implet, Vol. I, No. 21, Jun. 8, 1912, p. 8
The Implet (Vol, I, No. 21, Jun. 8, 1912, p. 7)

Primer artículo de The Implet (Vol. I. No. 20, Jun. 1, 1912, p. 5 y No. 21, Jun. 8, 1912, p. 8):

Bull Fight in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

Saturday Imp Release, June 15, 1912. Approximate Length, 400 Feet. (Copyrighted, 1912, by Imp Films Co.)

On the occasion of Washington’s Birthday, which was celebrated in Laredo, Texas, in February, there was included among the festivities at Nuevo Laredo Mexico, just across the border, a bull fight, which was very largely attended by those who took part in the celebration. The various scenes attendant upon this form of sport as shown in the picture have no trace of cruelty or brutality.

Two or three sturdy bulls are turned into the ring, and beset by the nimble picadors, matadors and others, whose duty it is to irritate the animals and escape risk of assault by their horns.

The picture is vivid in the extreme, but stops short of actual carnage, although in one part of it the bull is seen in the last extremity of his life. But there is nothing degrading or revolting in the picture, which is of a very sporting nature and illustrates the natural pastime of some Latin countries.

La otra nota de The Implet (Vol. I, No. 21, Jun. 8, 1912, p. 5):

Mexican Bull Fight in an Imp Film

In February last Laredo, Texas, indulged in a celebration in honor of Washington’s Birthday. The festivities lasted over three days, and were of a diversified character. They were not American in the conventional meaning of that term; they were local, which is to say, they were partly Texan and partly Mexican.

The Imp Films Company have recorded many of the Texo-Mexican functions that took place. These were of a quasi-religious character, as Roman Catholicism is the principal local form of belief.

There were allegorical, national and other outdoor displays, which included exhibitions indicating the customs and manners of both American and Mexican life.

The various committees who supervised the festival were of mixed American and Mexican constitution.

One day there was a bull fight in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, in which famous local fighters demonstrated their skill.

This picture has all the characteristic features of the bull fight as it is conducted in the home of the sport. You have a great arena and a large audience in the tiers of seats. Then there are picturesquely attired matadors, picadors and toreadors.

The bull fighters are nimble in their work, and the bulls are strong, sturdy animals that have a sporting chance of downing their opponents.

One instinctively hums the music of “Carmen” when looking at this picture. In our opinion there is nothing cruel in the mere pricking of the bull by the swords and other implements thrust into his skin. They irritate, possibly slightly inflame, but they do not torture. One particular bull dies a sporting death, and dies well and heroically.

At the end of the kill the carcas of the animal is removed from the ring and another bull “takes the floor.”

This realistic picture will interest and excite many audiences no doubt. Bull-fighting is a popular sport in Spain and parts of France and is not likely to be extinguished, so far as we can see. It is a sport, just as much as any form of fishing or hunting. The animal has a chance in the contest and is not tortured.

As a picture illustrating a particular phase of life in countries outside of the United States, we think this release will be of extreme interest.

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