When the Spanish Republic is declared in 1931, three brothers go separate ways. One, a priest, is killed by leftists. One, a member of the government, betrays his family's traditional ...
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The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.
Conceived as a sum of the main events of Spanish Civil War, this film assembly is divided into four sequences, classically arranged around the concepts of foundational Franco's mythology: ... See full summary »
When the Spanish Republic is declared in 1931, three brothers go separate ways. One, a priest, is killed by leftists. One, a member of the government, betrays his family's traditional ideals. The third fights on the side of Franco to defend them.
The film was re-release in July 3 1950 with a new title, "Espíritu de una raza", and six minutes less of footage. Since Spain was by then an US ally, Franco's censors decided to cut all the scenes containing fascist salutes and add some dialogues to underline the anti-communist sense of the movie, instead of its former totalitarian spirit. See more »
In 1950 a re-edition titled "Espíritu de una raza" was released, with the following changes:
Some shots and short scenes are excluded.
The running time and the credits titles are shorter.
The soundtrack is different: Dialogue is altered and all the voices are replaced, some of them different from the original version.
In the early 40s, Franco looked at Hitler or Mussolini as his guides... he wanted to achieve the same that his allies during the Spanish civil war have attained in their own countries. Franco also wanted his own Riefenstahl-like propaganda. So this film tries to be that, filled with the distorted and Manichean view of reality that was the rule in Spain under Franco's rule. The film has some historical interest, not for historical facts, but for the people interested in fascist propaganda during the 40s. It might shed some light into the simple-minded view of the world of the Spanish dictator, who was responsible for the script. The facts shown here are post war half-trues and lies, typical "history written by the victors"
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