100 Years Ago: New Mexico’s Early Film History

On the 100th anniversary of New Mexico’s statehood it is fascinating to journey back to see what New Mexico was like a century ago. Filmmaking came here at the same time as Statehood. Early Hollywood films like D.W. Griffith’s “A Pueblo Legend,” Romaine Fielding’s “The Rattlesnake,” along with the tourist film “Adventures in Kit Carson Land,” the self-promotional “Panama – California International Exposition” film, and others provide a unique opportunity to travel back to 1912 when the Land of Enchantment became the 47th state. Perhaps these movies are the closest thing we have to a time machine.

This trip back in time is narrated by V.B. Price.

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