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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 ... See full synopsis »


José Luis Sáenz de Heredia (as J.L. Sáenz de Heredia)


Francisco Franco (story) (as Jaime de Andrade), José Luis Sáenz de Heredia (screenplay) (as J.L. Sáenz de Heredia) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfredo Mayo ... José Churruca
Ana Mariscal ... Marisol Mendoza
José Nieto ... Pedro Churruca
Blanca de Silos ... Isabel Churruca
Rosina Mendía Rosina Mendía ... Isabel Acuña de Churruca
Pilar Soler ... National Spy
Julio Rey de las Heras ... Pedro Churruca's Father (as Julio Rey)
Luis Arroyo ... Jaime Churruca
Raúl Cancio ... Luis Echevarría
Manuel Arbó ... Señor Echevarría
Mercedes Llofríu Mercedes Llofríu ... Isabel Churruca, niña (as Merceditas Llofriú)
Eduardo González Eduardo González ... Child
Consuelo Loygorri Consuelo Loygorri ... Luis' Daughter (as Consuelito Loygorri)
Ángel Martínez Ángel Martínez ... Pedro Churruca, niño
Francisco Camoiras Francisco Camoiras ... José Churruca, niño (as Paquito Camoiras)


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.

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Release Date:

10 November 1942 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Blutzeugen See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »

Alternate Versions

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.
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Fascist propaganda
10 December 2016 | by southparklatinoSee all my reviews

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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