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Extranjeros de sí mismos (2000)

Documentary on different foreign youths that fought in the Spanish Civil War, and of Spanish men that fought in the Eastern Front during WWII under the so called Blue Division.

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Documentary on different foreign youths that fought in the Spanish Civil War, and of Spanish men that fought in the Eastern Front during WWII under the so called Blue Division.

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1 June 2001 (Spain)  »

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Aliens to Themselves  »

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Music composed by Norbert Schultze
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Bringing back the memory of a war
28 October 2002 | by (Gijón, Asturies, Spain) – See all my reviews

That film is a documentary about the several groups of volunteers that fought in the Spanish Civil War. Volunteers for the fascist cause and for the republican cause, as well. Each part is presented by a off-voice who introduces us to the supposed real feelings of this people in that very moment.

First of all, the turn for the Italian volunteers who believed they were sent to the glory and they found the horror in the Spanish War and how they keep on celebrate those times in the present, still believing in fascism and in General Franco as a redeeming hero sent by God. The second chapter: the foreigners who came from the democratic countries, such as Great Britain, France and the States, most of them were communists, but not all of them. And how they discovered that the governments of their countries refused to help them and how those governments left Spain in the hands of the fascism.

The third part: the Spanish young people who, over-excited because of the victory in Spain, decided to take part in the Second World War, as a Division of the German Army, called the Blue Division: División Azul, who fought in Russia, near Leningrado, the nowadays called Saint Petersburg.

The makers of the documentary show us the facts, not their interpretations, I mean, they want to be aseptic and I think they get it.

A must see, to a more comprehensive knowledge of those terrible times.


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