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La bandera (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 2 May 1939 (USA)
Pierre Gilieth has committed a murder in Paris. He flees to Barcelona, where he runs out of money. So he joins the Spanish Foreign Legion. He meets there two fellow countrymen, Mulot and ... See full summary »

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Pierre Gilieth
Robert Le Vigan ...
Fernando Lucas
Raymond Aimos ...
Marcel Mulot
Pierre Renoir ...
Le capitaine Weller
Gaston Modot ...
Le légionnaire Muller
Margo Lion ...
Planche-à-Pain
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Le ségovien
Reine Paulet ...
Rosita
Viviane Romance ...
La fille de Barcelone
Jesús Castro Blanco ...
Le sergent
Robert Ozanne ...
Le légionnaire tatoué
Maurice Lagrenée ...
Siméon
Louis Florencie ...
Gorlier
Little Jacky ...
Le légionnaire Weber
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Pierre Gilieth has committed a murder in Paris. He flees to Barcelona, where he runs out of money. So he joins the Spanish Foreign Legion. He meets there two fellow countrymen, Mulot and Lucas. He tries to forget his fault... but Lucas's friendship soon appears to be less unselfish... Written by Yepok

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Escape from Yesterday  »

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »

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concierge: Hey, you speak Spanish now!
Pierre Gilieth: No, but I understand the situation.
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ragged glory
4 May 2009 | by (illinois) – See all my reviews

I read La Bandera a year or two ago and finally hunted down the DVD. It's pretty faithful to Mac Orlan's text (Dumarchais? IMDb must be putting on airs). This adventure yarn is better than a lot of his pirate stories, but still doesn't rise much above an adolescent's fantasy of the Spanish Foreign Legion. I especially liked Gabin - young, athletic, dumb and out of control. The love story with Annabella seems tacked on and out of the blue, but it's true to the text it's taken from.

The random stupidity of racing through the desert on Model A flatbeds after phantom snipers and gun-runners rings truest. This film is not on a humanist/moralist level with La Grand Illusion or Paths of Glory. It's an existential image of war-as-it-happens. The settings are stark, bright and always exposed. Sudden death is intertwined with the boredom of the barracks.


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