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Anton Blok updates his earlier critique from 1972 on Eric Hobsbawm's work on social banditry. Blok's own book, Honour and Violence, argues that bandits are keenly interested in their own reputations and the myths that may succeed them.

Brazilian director Karim Ainouz's Madame Satã hits screens. This award-winning film is loosely based on João Francisco dos Santos, also known as Madame Satã, a Brazilian cross-dressing black man whose life of being a rogue, female impersonator, gangster, father, and convict became the stuff of legend.


Johnny Depp teams with Antonio Banderas and Selma Hayek in the third Rodríguez mariachi story, Once Upon a Time in Mexico (Columbia Pictures, dir. Robert Rodríguez), to huge box office success.

In Shrek 2 (DreamWorks, dirs. Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon), Antonio Banderas is the voice of Puss In Boots, a mercenary hired to kill Shrek (Mike Myers) before he marries Princess Fiona (Cameron Díaz). Puss parodies the Zorro character Banderas played in 1998.

Columbia Pictures releases The Legend of Zorro, the sequel to 1998's Mask of Zorro. Antonio Banderas returns as Alejandro and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Elena.

Filming of Bandidas (produced by Europa Corp., distributed by 20th Century Fox, and directed by Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg) wraps in Durango, Mexico. Selma Hayak and Penelope Cruz star in this feature film about two women from completely different backgrounds who join forces and become bank robbers.

Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas

The Legend of Zorro
The Legend of Zorro