A look back at this day in film history
March 04
El Mariachi February 26, 1994
El Mariachi opens

"If Robert Rodriguez didn't exist, independent filmmakers would have to invent him," wrote Peter Broderick in Filmmaker magazine about the director's first feature, El Mariachi, which opened in theaters on February 26, 1994. The film was famously made by the 23-year-old filmmaker for a budget of $7,225, crewed by his brother and sister, and with funding Rodriguez raised from a series of medical testing procedures he enrolled himself in. A rare indie action film, El Mariachi was an early example of the "no-budget movie," a film made for a tiny fraction of a Hollywood film and which impresses viewers with the ingenuity of its filmmaking solutions. Said Rodriguez at the time, "The nice thing about making a movie by yourself is that you can take credit for any aspect of it anyone likes."

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Reagan Davis March 4, 1952
Ronald Reagan Marries Nancy Davis

On March 4, 1952, after about three years of courtship, actors Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married at the Little Brown Church in the San Fernando Valley.

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March 4, 1968
Godard's La Chinoise opens in US

The French New Wave gets political.

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