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The Tree of Guernica (1975)

L'arbre de Guernica (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 17 October 1980 (Portugal)
The Spanish Civil War, as experienced by the town of Villa Ramiro. The local count and his Fascist nephews ally with the rebels; the count's son, indifferent to politics at the outset, ... See full summary »

Director:

Fernando Arrabal

Writers:

Fernando Arrabal, Francesco Cinieri (collaborating writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mariangela Melato ... Vandale
Ron Faber Ron Faber ... Goya
Cosimo Cinieri ... Rafael
Rocco Fontana Rocco Fontana ... Antonio
Franco Ressel ... Onesimo
Mario Novelli ... Ramiro
Cirylle Spiga Cirylle Spiga ... Angel (as Cyrille Spiga)
Diego Bardon Diego Bardon ... Toreador
Adriano Cornelli Adriano Cornelli ... Soldier
Luigi D'Ecclesia Luigi D'Ecclesia ... Soldier
Domenico Imperato Domenico Imperato ... Soldier (as Mimmo Imperato)
Franco Doria Franco Doria ... Soldier
Salvatore Furnari Salvatore Furnari ... Soldier
Bento Urago Bento Urago ... Count Cerralbo
Antonio Epifania Antonio Epifania ... Gomez
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The Spanish Civil War, as experienced by the town of Villa Ramiro. The local count and his Fascist nephews ally with the rebels; the count's son, indifferent to politics at the outset, later makes a choice; the town's teacher, Antonio Garcia, a pacifist, tries not to take sides but to inspire the children with ideas; a beautiful eccentric woman, Vandale, brings leadership and strength to the town; dwarfs long for equality. The fictive story of Villa Ramiro is inter-cut with archival footage of the war itself. The town is near Guernica, and the local Republicans draw inspiration from its freedom tree. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 October 1980 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

The Guernica Tree See more »

Filming Locations:

Matera, Basilicata, Italy

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Excellent surrealism
13 December 1999 | by egradySee all my reviews

I got a chance to see a rare copy of this film, and if you can find it, I recommend seeing it. Arrabal condenses the entire Spanish Civil War into the fictional events around and in Villa Rimira. He masterfully illustrates the social relationships between the different classes while creating a fascinating piece. Very visual. Very metaphoric. A must see.


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