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To Die in Madrid (1963)

Mourir à Madrid (original title)
To Die in Madrid (French: Mourir à Madrid) is a 1963 French documentary film about the Spanish Civil War, directed by Frédéric Rossif. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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Suzanne Flon ... Récitante / Narrator (French version) (voice)
Germaine Montero Germaine Montero ... Récitante / Narrator (French version) (voice)
Pierre Vaneck Pierre Vaneck ... Récitant / Narrator (French version) (voice)
Roger Mollien Roger Mollien ... Récitant / Narrator (French version) (voice)
Jean Vilar Jean Vilar ... Récitant / Narrator (French version) (voice)
John Gielgud ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
Irene Worth ... Co-Narrator (English version) (voice)
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To Die in Madrid (French: Mourir à Madrid) is a 1963 French documentary film about the Spanish Civil War, directed by Frédéric Rossif. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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20 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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Mono
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Most anguishing movie I ever saw
12 January 2010 | by renzostradaSee all my reviews

First caught this documentary back in the early seventies at an art-house, and beyond my political beliefs at that particular moment, it filled me with sadness. Sorrow for the opportunities lost, for the needless cruelty, for the unnecessary deaths, for the destruction of the hopes of a nation. Nor victors neither vanquished enjoyed nothing but pain, exile, hard work, and tyranny, some of them or all. And, of course, death everywhere.

I do have the DVD, french language with Spanish subtitles. Last night I foolishly decided to watch it again, only to find myself with my soul filled with grief, and on the brink of crying (and I'm 50).

Having had the opportunity to know well the Spanish people, as well as too many an expatriate since '39, I must praise this chef d'oeuvre beyond all criticism. It's simple, it's linear, it's predictable, it's sometimes a little corny, and it's profoundly TRAGIC, as it retells forever the tragedy a a most beautiful country and its bloody self-sacrifice.


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