Starts out as a good-haciendero, bad-gringo-tycoon tragedy but when the deed is done suddenly shifts into Pemex-proud propaganda. Didn't really get the quick transformation of the son into an oil worker then strike leader? Let's hear it for expropriation (and its concomitant corruption).
Betcha Paul Thomas Anderson saw this one. Gabriel Figueroa does a great job with the distant oil flare burning all night on the horizon. Then capuring the full frontal well explosion.