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José Leitão de Barros
María Dolores Pradera
A good and well told film of Arturo Ruiz Castillo, about one of the famous episodes in the Spanish civil war
While you climb the ramp that leads to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Head, Marisa (Beatriz de Añara), daughter of the marquis of Bridge Real (Rafael Bardem), recalled the terrible days spent in him during the civil war. In mid-July 1936, the marquis and her daughter arrive at their luxurious finca El Romeral, to spend a few days of rest. The atmosphere is tense, the Civil Guard that monitors the field fears that happen something and the new notary Luis de Aracil (Alfredo Mayo), of communist ideas, must stop some peasants who want occupy land of the marquis. After the uprising of July 18, the peasants surround the civil guard, with the captain Cortés (Tomás Blanco) in command, in a sanctuary next, dedicated to St. Mary of the Head. Luis de Aracil leads to Marisa until the sanctuary, defended by supporters of the uprising, where thought to be more secure. The attraction that the nurse Carmela (Mary Lamar) feels for him, is diverted to the doctor Liérgana (Carlos Muñoz), while Luis is increasingly enamored of Marisa. His love and contact with the heroism of the besieged makes you withdraw escape, he decides to stay with the besieged and comply with them the slogan: "El Santuario no se rinde". When, exhausted the possibilities of resistance, the attackers were over the position, Marisa suffers from a depression that it provokes a strong attack of amnesia.
The director Arturo Ruiz Castillo, inspired by the Italian production "Sin novedad en el Alcázar" who had led Augusto Genina in 1940, recreates another fact of the Spanish civil war, the siege of "El Santuario de la Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza" where a group of rebels Civil Guard on 18 July 1936, seeking refuge of the wrath of the peasant armed groups. It is a movie narrated in the shape of flash back, the first part of the film follows a certain tone realistic to highlight the heroism of the siege in the second half. It has a good photography of Juan Mariné, a good mounting and some real settings.
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