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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 »
We elect the officers and everything. It's socialism in action - not like the army back home.
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Special thanks to the people of Mirambel and Morella. See more »
Ken Loach proves once again, that he is a director of the very highest calibre. He has crafted a film about the Spanish Civil War (1936-9), which was the prelude to WW2.
Truthfully I could care less about the politics of this tragic episode in world history, BUT the director,by his sheer genius & craftsmanship made me sit at the edge of my seat & pay close attention. Subtitles are used sparingly & it is hard to make some of the dialogue out due thick accent, The acting is so skillfull you needed no dialogue,you are able to understand each actors feelings & emotions. Credit this to Mr.Loach, The only actor I have heard of in this film is the lead IAN HART/ He & all the others do an excellent job. This film was made in 1995, & barely released,another example of distributors not knowing a GREAT film from a hole in the ground. Even this is a war film, there is very little violence, a good history lesson for the younger ones, then a trip to the library to find out more.
My rating is ***1/2 95/100 points 9 on IMDb
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