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Gernika (2016)

The fates of Henry - a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad, cross in Gernika.

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Vasyl
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Henry
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Consul
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Teresa
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Marta
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Cousin Isabel
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Marco
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Carmen
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Pierre
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W. von Richthofen
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María (as Natalia Álvarez)
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Spanish Journalist
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Loyalist Soldier
Juanma Pagazaurtundua ...
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The fates of Henry - a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad, cross in Gernika.

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In love and war the first casualty is truth

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Romance | War

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Rated R for war violence, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »
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9 September 2016 (Spain)  »

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Guernica  »

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€5,800,000 (estimated)
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Henry: I need a line to New York.
Carmen: Whatever they need.
Henry: [on the phone calling New York Herald Tribune] Listen, George. Here's your damn war story. Twenty-six April, 1937. Gernika. Don't give a damn if you use my name or you have someone else sign it. But it's the story I want printed. Ready? A very small town in the north of Spain is about to become very famous, but for all the wrong reasons.
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References El último magnate (2011) See more »

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Capriccio on the Departure of His Most Beloved Brother, in B-Flat Major. BWV 992: I. Arioso:Adagio- His Friends Try to Persuade Him Not to Undertake the Journey
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Fernando Velazquez
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A classic war drama
2 August 2016 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Guernica could have been one of my all time favorites but unfortunately, as it happens too often these days, the culmination was badly executed. The first act is wonderful, a perfect setup for the upcoming events in the movie, with breathtaking cinematography, decent script and superb acting. The sets and the costumes were top notch, whoever could pull this off with 5 million deserves utmost respect. The first 30 minutes really feel like you're watching one of those great classics and I was pretty convinced that this movie is going to be ten star material. Unfortunately, as the movie progresses past the second act, it starts to lose its charms. The focus turns on the love story, which somehow manages to be underdeveloped, despite the huge screen time that it has. From there on, we have a cascading chain of blatant clichés which, combined with a final act that feels disjointed, really ruin the whole experience. Now if you pay attention, you'll notice that the final act is where we lose the German perspective. A scene on a bomber, a pilot reaction or even the German colonel watching the ongoing bombardment from a far would've kept this perspective alive and could've added some needed dramatic effect. Instead, the focus falls entirely on the events occurring in Guernica, which wouldn't be so bad if the whole act wasn't filled with severely overused clichés. All in all, this is a pretty decent war drama, which could've been something really special, had the writers come up with more original ideas.


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