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A documentary showing the struggle of the Spanish Republican government against a rebellion by ultra-right-wing forces led by Gen. Francisco Franco and backed by Nazi Germany and Fascist... See more »

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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manuel Azaña ...
Himself (President of Spain)
José Díaz ...
Himself (Parliamentarian)
Dolores Ibárruri ...
Herself (as La Pasionaria)
Enrique Lister ...
Himself (Republican Army)
Commander Martinez de Aragón ...
Himself (Republican Army)
Gustav Regler ...
Himself (German writer)
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Narrator (English version) (later replaced by Ernest Hemingway) (voice)
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Narrator (English version) (uncredited) (voice)
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Narrator (French version) / Récitant (uncredited) (voice)

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Joris Ivens

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John Dos Passos ... (English narration) (part one)
 
Lillian Hellman ... (story) (uncredited)
 
Ernest Hemingway ... (English narration) (part two)
 
Joris Ivens ... () (uncredited)
 
Archibald Macleish ... (story) (uncredited)
 
Prudencio de Pereda ... (Spanish adaptation) (uncredited)

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Herman Shumlin ... producer (uncredited)

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John Fernhout ... (as John Ferno)
Joris Ivens ... (uncredited)

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Helen van Dongen

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Irving Reis ... sound director

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Marc Blitzstein ... music arranger
Virgil Thomson ... music arranger
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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. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Terre d'Espagne (France)
  • Tierra de España (Spain)
  • Terra di Spagna (Italy)
  • This Spanish Earth
  • Spaansche aarde (Belgium, Flemish title)
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  • 52 min
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Trivia Orson Welles 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Schweizer im spanischen Bürgerkrieg (1974). See more »
Quotes Orson Welles, Narrator: [Background sounds of wartime shelling] This is the true face of men going into action. It is a little different from any other face that you will ever see.
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