A Louisiana Reader Says That SF Chronicle Film Critic Mick LaSalle Thinks All Mexicans Look Alike
June 04, 2012, 03:15 AM
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An Anonymous Louisiana Reader [Email him]

In an early review of the new Mexican movie "For Greater Glory," about the 1920's Cristero War in Mexico, San Francisco Chronicle film critic Mick LaSalle complained the movie, "casts three dark-haired, 35-year-old actors with the exact same mustache and expects the audience to know who's who at all times."  You know— "they all look alike." Review: 'For Greater Glory', By Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, (posted on MySanAntonio.com) Updated 04:51 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2012   Mr. LaSalle's hatred of this pro-Catholic film apparently got the better of him. Either he or his editor realized this type of thinking is a no-no, especially coming from the paper of record in The People's Republic of San Francisco.  The offending passage was deleted in a review that appeared two days later:  'For Greater Glory' review: senseless action. SF Chronicle, June 1, 2012.

They can try to atone now, but the original review is out there, showing that the Chronicle's film critic thinks all Hispanics with mustaches look alike.

 “Louisiana Reader” visits the Rio Grande area two or three times a year. See previous letters from him here.

James Fulford writes: I was amazed by the amount of "moral gradations" and "ambiguity"  LaSalle [Email him] found in a movie about a government trying to suppress a church, writing

"Right after the credits, a paragraph fills the screen and explains the story: It's 1926 in Mexico. Their president is trying to secularize the country, and people are opposed to him.

From a U.S. perspective, it's difficult to know which side the movie favors. It's only when the Mexican president (Rubén Blades) starts killing priests and slaughtering parishioners that we get the idea that he's a tyrant. "

Would the "Mexican government's attempt to stamp out the Catholic church" have not been tyrannical if it had been done with fewer murdered priests?