This documentary tells of the struggles during the Spanish Civil War. It deals with the war at different levels: from the political level, at the ground military level focusing on battles in Madrid and the road from Madrid to Valencia, and at the support level. With the latter, a key project was building an irrigation system for an agricultural field near Fuentedueña so that food could be grown to feed the soldiers.
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recorded the commentary written by Ernest Hemingway
and receives on-screen credit, but Hemingway decided to use his own voice instead. It is not clear which version of the film uses Hemingway's voice; the most common print does use the more cultured voice of Welles, which seemed jarring to members of the Contemporary Historians production company--formed by Herman Shumlin
, Lillian Hellman
and Dorothy Parker
, which produced the movie. Both versions are available. See more
Orson Welles, Narrator
We took no statements from the dead, but all the letters we read were very sad.