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¡Paseo! (Ride!): Caballeros, Vaqueros and Gauchos in American Films
In an effort to explore the origins and evolution of the American cowboy from Europe and Africa to the Americas, Michael R. Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art, presents four films about caballeros, vaqueros and gauchos in Mexico and Central and South America. Although romanticized to an extent, these films offer examples of Hispanic horseback clothing, tools, gear and horse furniture, as well as techniques and lifeways unique to particular herding cultures.
The Gay Caballero (1940)
Cesar Romero stars as the Cisco Kid in this cult classic about mistaken identity directed by Otto Brower. Set in 1889, the Cisco Kid and his buddy Gordito find a gravestone marked “Here lies Cisco Kid.” Surprised to learn he is declared dead, Cisco and Gordito set out on escapades leading them to fight wagon thieves, witness a ranch robbery and get tangled in a heist on a Wells Fargo stagecoach, all with a bit of a love story thrown into the drama. 58 minutes. Appropriate for ages 10+.