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Days of Hope (1940)

L'espoir (original title)
1937, during the spanish civil war, at Teruel. The fight of the Republicans (with very poor means but high commitment) against fascist army of General Franco. Can be seen as romanticized ... See full summary »


Max Aub (Spanish dialogue), André Malraux (novel) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Andrés Mejuto ... Capitan Munoz
Nicolás Rodríguez ... Pilot Marquez
José Santpere José Santpere ... Commandant Pena (as José Sempere)
Julio Peña ... Attignies
Pedro Codina Pedro Codina ... Schreiner
José María Lado ... Peasant
Serafín Ferro Serafín Ferro ... Saidi
Miguel del Castillo Miguel del Castillo ... González


1937, during the spanish civil war, at Teruel. The fight of the Republicans (with very poor means but high commitment) against fascist army of General Franco. Can be seen as romanticized witness of director and writer Andre Malraux, who joined the Republicans in 1936. Written by Yepok

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Propaganda film about an aerial mission carried out by a brave team against a decisive bridge located in Teruel
5 April 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Interesting film made in 1938–39 but released commercially in 1945 . It shows defense of the 2nd Spanish Republic by the Republican air force , filmed on location in northeastern Spain , Teruel , Catalonia and Paris . A jinjoistic picture , praising the feats of II Republic , blending real deeds , documentaries , fiction and breathtaking scenes . 1937 , during the Spanish civil war (1936-1939) , Spanish Republican forces fight against the better-equipped Francoist armies in the desolate Sistema Ibérico mountains of the Province of Teruel . This fight was inspired by actual events based on Republicans who battle with very poor means against fascist army of General Franco . There appear the followings heroes : commandant Peña (José Sempere) , captain Muñoz (Andres Mejúto) , captain Schreiner (Pedro Codina) , a politician commissar with high commitment called Arrignies (Julio Peña) and including the valuable help a countryman (José Maria Lado) , all of them execute a dangerous assignment : get to destroy and bombing a bridge on the road to Zaragoza , an essential objective to advance of the rebel forces . Meanwhile , peasants support the Republic and refugees flee bombing of Teruel and surroundings . But the plane crashes and countrymen and villagers rescue and help the wounded fliers .

This is a fiction/documentary film written/directed by Andre Malraux based on a chapter of his novel ¨La Esperanza¨ or ¨The hope¨ . It includes spectacular scenes of street fighting and a bombing raid , adding shot footage . And an impressive as well as epic finale with lots of people helping the injured pilots transported through mountains , influenced by classy Russian filmmakers (Sergei M Eisenstein , Pudovkin) and in Italian Neorrealist style . Film copies were pursued by the Gestapo , though remained one washed-out print , subsequently being remastered and it was not commercially released until 1945 . Malraux wrote the novel L'Espoir, or Man's Hope, being supervised and assisted by the prestigious Max Aub , published in 1937 , which was basis for the film . The crash of a Spanish Republican Air Force Potez 540 plane near Valdelinares inspired André Malraux to write the novel . Different years are given for the film's completion . The novel was published in French in 1937 and in English in 1938 . The film uses war footage from 1938 and was edited , and other scenes shot, during 1938-1939 . It was finished in July 1939 and shown twice in Paris , but the Francoist regime applied pressure to censor it . All known copies were destroyed during World War II , since both Spain and France were ruled by Fascist regimes sympathetic to the forces that shot down the plane . A copy was found and the film was released again in 1945 . In Spain , it was banned and was not screened until 1977, after the death of dictator Franco .

Spanish/French co-production , being financed by 2º Republic , supported by French government and producer Eduard Cogniglion Molinier . Sierra De Teruel (English title : Days of Hope or Man's Hope) is a 1938-39 Spanish-French black and white war film well photographed by Manuel Berenguer , Louis Page and other cameramen , and compellingly directed by Boris Peskine and André Malraux in his only movie . It can be seen as romanticized witness and a lyrical work of filmmaker and screen-writer Andre Malraux. The novelist and essayist André Malraux (1901-1976) , who joined the Republicans in 1936 , was a commandant of an aviation squadron during Spanish Civil war and resistance member against the invading Nazis in WWII . This notorious writer/director won the 1945 Prix Louis Delluc .

This unfinished ¨Sierra De Teruel¨ is considered to be the best film about Spanish Civil War , along with ¨The Last Train from Madrid¨ (1937) by James P. Hogan ; ¨Blockade¨ (1938) by William Dieterle ; ¨Comrades at Sea¨ (1938) or ¨Kameraden Auf See¨ by Heinz Paul ; ¨Frente De Madrid¨ (1939) by Edgar Neville ; ¨Arise, My Love¨ (1940) by Mitchell Leisen ; ¨The siege of Alcazar¨(1940) by Augusto Genina ; ¨The Squadron¨ (1941) by Antonio Román , ¨Rojo y negro¨(1942) by Carlos Arévalo ; ¨The Fallen Sparrow¨ (1943) by Richard Wallace ; ¨For Whom the Bell Tolls¨ (1943) by Sam Wood ; ¨The Angel Wore Red¨ (1960) by Nunnally Johnson ; ¨La Paz Empieza Nunca¨ (1960) by Leon Klimovsky ; ¨Five Cartridges¨(1960) by Frank Beyer ; ¨Morir En Madrid¨ (1963) by Frederic Rossiff ; ¨Behold a Pale Horse¨ (1964) by Fred Zinnemann ; ¨Viva la Muerte¨ (1971) by Fernando Arrabal , among others .

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Release Date:

13 June 1945 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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