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Embajadores en el Infierno (1956)

Spanish right-wingers equally devoted to Catholic religion and Franco dictatorship, go soldiering as volunteers with the Germans when these started hostilities against Russia (1943), then ... See full summary »

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José María Forqué (as José Mª Forqué)
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Antonio Vilar ... Capitán Ricardo Adrados
Rubén Rojo ... Teniente Luis Durán
Luis Peña ... Teniente Alvar
Mario Berriatúa ... Teniente Pedro Rodrigo
Manuel Dicenta Manuel Dicenta ... Suboficial Valdivia
Miguel Ángel Miguel Ángel ... Soldado Miguel García
Mario Morales Mario Morales ... Soldado Andrés Rodríguez
Jacinto Martín Jacinto Martín ... Soldado Antonio Blas Naranjo
Antonio Prieto ... Coronel Chorne
José Franco ... Lacharni
Ricardo Canales Ricardo Canales ... Novicov
José Luis Heredia José Luis Heredia ... Sargento La Barca
Pedro Fenollar Pedro Fenollar ... Teniente Astrúa
Rolf Wanka ... Mikhail
Rainer Penkert Rainer Penkert ... Obermayer (as Reiner Penker)
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Spanish right-wingers equally devoted to Catholic religion and Franco dictatorship, go soldiering as volunteers with the Germans when these started hostilities against Russia (1943), then under the Soviet regime. They lose, mostly are imprisoned, and will suffer eleven years in captivity - keeping their faith and their dignity. Written by Artemis-9

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Surprisingly good movie unfortunately plagued by propaganda
11 June 2006 | by cgonzalezdelhoyoSee all my reviews

It is the story of Spanish prisoners of War in Soviet Rusia during the second world war.

The story is very good, possibly because it is based on actual accounts by survivors, and is filmed with surprisingly good quality. Unfortunately much is spoiled by stupid propaganda moments which are totally fictitious.

These spaniards where among 50,000 who volunteered to fight the Soviet Union in Hitlers armies in the "Division Azul", to some extent in repayment for German Luftwafe "Legion Condor" sent to support the military upraising in the Spanish Civil war. They were mainly sent to fight in Leningrad.

The film depicts quite dramatically life in a Soviet prisoner of war camp. Do bear in mind that German generals, when preparing the invasion of Rusia, did not expect to be able to feed large number of soviet prisoners of war, and up to 3,5million soviet prisoners died, mainly of starvation. Hence Soviets where quite harsh on their own prisoners, and you may recall that of the 200.000 German prisoners taken in Stalingrad, barely 5.000 returned alive.

The film, in part due to its propaganda zeal, depicts quite realistically the harsh life of the prisoners, and it is quite well filmed, managing to transmit the cold of the Russian winter and the toughness of post war Rusia.

Unfortunately it was filmed under Franco's regime, and the protagonist characters are filled with nationalist catholic propaganda. Several speeches are made which are unrealistic and out of place. I would personally edit out most of these to be left with a surprisingly good war drama, quite unique as it centers on life in a soviet prisoner camp.


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

22 November 1957 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Embaixadores no Inferno See more »

Filming Locations:

Burguete, Navarra, Spain

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Rodas P.C. See more »
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Mono (RCA High Fidelity Sound System)
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