This documentary tells of the struggles during the Spanish Civil War. It deals with the war at different levels: from the political level, at the ground military level focusing on battles in Madrid and the road from Madrid to Valencia, and at the support level. With the latter, a key project was building an irrigation system for an agricultural field near Fuentedueña so that food could be grown to feed the soldiers. Written by
Did You Know?
It has been reported that twenty-year-old Orson Welles
recorded the commentary written by Ernest Hemingway
and receives on-screen credit, but that Hemingway decided to use his own voice instead. It is not clear which version of the film uses Hemingway's voice; the most common print does use the more cultured voice of Welles, which seemed jarring to members of the Contemporary Historians (Herman Shumlin, Lillian Hellman and Dorothy Parker), who produced the movie. See more