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  •  Zoot Suit Riot ..... (10+ / 0-)

    "We should pay attention to that man behind the curtain."

    by Ed Tracey on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 10:10:28 AM PST

    •  American Me Zoot Suit Riots (4+ / 0-)

      The movie American Me with Edward James Olmos
      has this as the opening scene.

      In the film "American Me," Pedro Santana, fresh from having his devotion to wife Esperanza tattooed on his arm, prepares for a night on the town. His wife, accompanied by another couple, wades through Los Angeles streets on their way to meet Pedro, as a soundtrack of sensationalized news reports of zoot-suited thugs, dangerous riots, and retributions delivered by U.S. servicemen blare in the background. His friends exhibit a clear wariness regarding the evening's disruptive personality, but Pedro appears unconcerned, more focused on "walking the boulevard with his woman." Just then several sailors burst into the shop, accosting them violently with wild cries of "pachucos."

      The scene descends into a disturbing violence that culminates with Pedro beaten and humiliated, stripped down to his underwear, and Esperanza sexually assaulted, leading to the birth of their son and the movie's main character Montoya Santana, played by Edward James Olmos. Created by the bitterness of racial hatred and sexual violence, Montoya's life unfolds problematically as his parents reject him due to the circumstances of his conception, leaving the young man to turn to organized crime, however imperfect, for family.

      The film really captured the times at the opening.

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