1987, love in time of war. A bus driver George Lennox meets Carla, a Nicaraguan exile living a precarious, profoundly sad life in Glasgow. Her back is scarred, her boyfriend missing, her ... See full summary »
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At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the nun Maria is forced to flee her convent. She takes refuge in a brothel, until it is liberated by a woman's anarchist group. Maria joins the ... See full summary »
Summer 1936, a young unemployed communist, David, leaves his hometown Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. He joins an international group of Militia-men and women, the POUM (Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista). After being wounded he goes to Barcelona, where he decides to join another group of fighters. They remain in Barcelona and end up fighting other anti-fascist groups. David is disappointed and decides to go back to his old band.Written by
Walter de Rijk <W.C.A.de.Rijk@let.uva.nl>
The International Brigades of the Spanish Civil War were foreign volunteers who flocked to the conflict between 1936-9, thousands fighting for the left-wing Republicans with smaller numbers joining the right-wing Nationalists. The motivations for the volunteers was diverse, some seeing the conflict as a battle between democracy and tyranny, others between Communism and Fascism. So many Americans joined the Republicans they were able to form their own unit, the 'Abraham Lincoln Brigade'. Different factions of the IRA (Irish Republican Army) fought for both sides whilst their enemies the UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force) sent men and arms to aid the Republicans (George Nathan, one of the International Brigade's greatest heroes was an ex-Black and Tan who had served in the Irish Troubles of 1919-21 and now found himself fighting alongside his former enemies). The Soviet Union provided some military support for the Republicans but this was dwarfed by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy who not only sent massive military aid to the Nationalists but dispatched the 'Condor Legion' of German warplanes manned by Luftwaffe crews. Numerous famous figures took part in the conflict, most notably author George Orwell who fought on the Catalonian front, film star Errol Flynn who worked as a reporter as did famous spy Kim Philby. See more »
Actually the rucksacks are the same as British 1908 pattern, and were made from 1929 onwards by La Industria Lonera in Barcelona, Spain. See more »
Anarchists have remained almost invisible in mass media films. Worse, when they have appeared, it is generally some bourgeois stereotype of anarchists as violent or some socialist stereotype of anarchists as infantile. Here they are shown more accurately as organized and committed to the nitty-gritty basics of the revolution of everyday life.
British director Ken Loach made a film that finally attempts an anarchist's view of anarchists in Spain during the civil war against the fascists. The victors write history, so as losers of that war, their history has for too long remained untold. But this 1995 film, "Land & Freedom" shows what they were fighting for and what they were fighting against. One of the best aspects here is that the film also shows how the communists aggressively destroyed the anarchists more than their supposed common enemy. This I take as a lesson for today's left:
The melancholy hopelessness of our own 21st century is a consequence of that tragic defeat by the fascists -- largely because the Left fragmented and was brutally dominated by Leninist dictators. Historical progress is now merely spinning its wheels in futility, recycling every old thing again as a farce. The only solution is land and freedom.
P.S. Another sympathetic film based on these events is "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (1943) based on the Hemingway novel, starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman. This one is less politically aware however, so it focuses more on the romance. See info at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035896/combined
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