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  • The RECOURSE TO THE METHOD Alternative
  • VIVA EL PRESIDENTE! Alternative
  • El RECURSO DEL METODO Alternative


The story centres on the head of a Latin agricultural state in the early 1900s, who enjoys spending time in Paris, where he is fascinated by French logic and culture, (which are at odds with the needs of his home state.) The film establishes the extent of his personal and political corruption, then has him overthrow political rivals, helped by the USA in return for trade concessions. His rule continues through the First World War, rapidly becoming more cruel and extreme, until he is eventually forced to flee to Paris. There he dies, with only his daughter, and one loyal man and his mistress, as company.

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