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Brother Against Brother: The Spanish Civil War (2001)

Video  -  Documentary  -  July 2001 (USA)
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This is the story of the war that altered Spanish history, the struggle between the supporters and opponents of the Spanish Second Republic, which raged between 1936 and 1939. During the ... See full summary »

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This is the story of the war that altered Spanish history, the struggle between the supporters and opponents of the Spanish Second Republic, which raged between 1936 and 1939. During the war, new names were written large in world history; names such as the Republican supporting International Brigade and the Nationalist General Franco, who led his side to ultimate victory. Features archival film and location footage, plus dramatized eyewitness accounts. With many photographic images, the program also features expert interpretation and analyses to provide historical and political background to the war. Written by G. Forman

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The most confusing war
2 December 2013 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

The big problem with this documentary is it uses perhaps a dozen different names for the various parties in the conflict. I rarely could figure out for sure if the party being discussed was fighting for or against Franco. It helps to keep in mind that Franco and the Fascists organised an insurrection against the Spanish government, and that Germany/Hitler and Italy/Mussolini supported Franco. The government forces are sometimes known as the Republicans, and Franco's forces as the Nationalists. To add to the confusion sometimes factions, supposedly on the same side, fought each other.

The film is created with old black and white footage taken during the war, and with interviews with people who survived the conflict.

The narrator is highly partisan and describes the suffering of women and children in highly emotional language. He also describes Franco's deeds with the sort of horror and propagandistic fervour we usually reserve for Hitler's.

We don't get to hear from anyone fighting for Franco to hear why they did that or how they justified it, or even to see their indifference.

Sadly, the bad guys win. Franco's regime is not deposed until his death in 1975. Then his dictatorship finally fell, because it depended so much on Franco.


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