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Land and Freedom (1995)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 22 March 1996 (USA)
David is an unemployed communist that comes to Spain in 1937 during the civil war to enroll the republicans and defend the democracy against the fascists. He makes friends between the soldiers.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Jim Allen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hart ... David Carr
Rosana Pastor ... Blanca
Icíar Bollaín ... Maite (as Iciar Bollain)
Tom Gilroy ... Lawrence
Marc Martínez ... Juan Vidal (as Marc Martinez)
Frédéric Pierrot ... Bernard Goujon (as Frederic Pierrot)
Andrés Aladren Andrés Aladren ... Militia member (as Andres Aladren)
Sergi Calleja Sergi Calleja ... Militia member
Raffaele Cantatore Raffaele Cantatore ... Militia member
Pascal Demolon Pascal Demolon ... Militia member
Paul Laverty ... Militia member
Josep Magem Josep Magem ... Militia member
Eoin McCarthy Eoin McCarthy ... Connor
Jürgen Müller Jürgen Müller ... Militia member
Víctor Roca Víctor Roca ... Militia member (as Roca)
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Storyline

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>

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Fighting for your belief in another's war.

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

UK | Spain | Germany | Italy | France

Language:

English | Spanish | Catalan

Release Date:

22 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tierra y libertad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$230,187
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to Ken Loach, the debate in the village was the key scene in the film. He had local residents from the village play crowd members in that meeting. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
Kim, David's granddaughter: The other day I found this. It was amongst my granddad's papers, and I just thought it was, like, fitting for him. It's a poem by William Morris, and I'd just like to read it out: "Join in the battle, wherein no man can fail. For whoso fadeth and dieth, yet his deeds shall still prevail."
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Soundtracks

A Las Mujeres
/"Ramona" (1928)
Music by Mabel Wayne
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert (as Wolfe Gilbert)
Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd
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Anarchist View of Anarchism in Spain
19 January 2006 | by Erick-12See all my reviews

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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