The film was preceded by a prologue in the Italian, Spanish and German versions, all introducing the subject and setting the scenes. While the Italian and Spanish prologues are almost identical and only praised the courage of the besieged, the German prologue is decidedly more sinister in tone and, not surprisingly, openly condemns Bolshevism as the source of all evils. See more »
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The day in the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, colonel Jose Moscardó, a veteran of the war in Africa, arrived in Madrid to prepare his trip to Berlin with the Spanish delegation that was going to participate in the Olympic Games. Learned of the military uprising and returned quickly to Toledo. As commander of the plaza, Moscardó had no doubts, and at seven o'clock in the morning of July 21 1936 issued the side of war. Aware of the precariousness of the situation is dug in the Alcázar with 1,800 people in their position where resisted constant attacks and bombings until the arrival of the national troops on September 27. Film key of the first post-war, it will provide the features more representative of militarism, patriotism exacerbated, respect for tradition that prevailed in those years Carried Out in co-production with Italy, there were two versions, in Italian and Spanish, both directed by the Italian Augusto Genina. Carried Out throughout 1940, is a exaltation of the resistance of Toledo Alcázar during the Spanish Civil War, defended by a group of soldiers, commanded by Colonel Moscardó. For the filmmaker Augusto Genina, his film was a response to the "revolution destructive" of "The battleship Potemkin" because what the was a "constructive revolution". The film, honored with the "Mussolini Cup" in the "Festival of Venice" in 1940, and praise theatrically even by Michelangelo Antonioni, was recently restored in Italy with the collaboration of Filmoteca Spanish. Are magnificent special effects that were made in the bombing raids on the Fortress, and have become a real historic document the filmed sequences in the real settings intact only one year after the end of the civil war. Outside political connotations this is a definite film historic worthy of view.
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