The Siege of the Alcazar (1940)
"L'assedio dell'Alcazar" (original title)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fosco Giachetti ...
Il capitano Vela
Mireille Balin ...
Carmen Herrera
María Denis ...
Conchita Alvarez (as Maria Denis)
Rafael Calvo ...
Il colonello José Moscardò
Carlos Muñoz ...
Il figlio del colonello Moscardò
Aldo Fiorelli ...
Andrea Checchi ...
Carlo Tamberlani ...
Il capitano Vincenzo Alba
Silvio Bagolini ...
Pablo Montez
Guido Notari ...
Il maggiore Villanova
Guglielmo Sinaz ...
Il deputato repubblicano di Madrid
Giovanni Dal Cortivo ...
Il generale repubblicano
Carlo Duse ...
Il maggiore Ratto
Oreste Fares ...
Il sacerdote
Eugenio Duse ...
L'ufficiale addetto alle communicazioni


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Release Date:

20 August 1940 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Alcazar  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Performed by the Rome Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Mario Rossi
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Key film of the first post-Spanish Civil War.
25 June 2009 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

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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