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Gernika (2016)

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The fates of Henry - a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad, cross in Gernika.

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Koldo Serra
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James D'Arcy ... Henry
María Valverde ... Teresa
Jack Davenport ... Vasyl
Ingrid García Jonsson ... Márta (as Ingrid García-Jonsson)
Álex García ... Marco
Bárbara Goenaga ... Carmen
Burn Gorman ... Consul
Joachim Paul Assböck ... W. von Richthofen (as Joachim Assboeck)
Markus Oberhauser Markus Oberhauser ... Captain
Víctor Clavijo ... Spanish Journalist
Julián Villagrán ... Pierre
Irene Escolar ... Cousin Isabel
Jon Ariño Jon Ariño ... Uncle Jorge
Elena Irureta Elena Irureta ... Aunt Begoña
Hugo Silva ... Cartoon Movie Narrator (voice)
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The fates of Henry - a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad, cross in Gernika.

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In love and war the first casualty is truth

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Rated R for war violence, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Spain | USA

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English | German | Basque

Release Date:

9 September 2016 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Guernica See more »

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€5,800,000 (estimated)
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Motorbike BMW R71 didn't exist in 1937. See more »

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Henry: Why don't you become a fashion photographer? Or sports?
Marta: I want my Capa.
Henry: Robert Capa is overrated.
Marta: Hemingway, too, isn't he? Everybody is overrated, but not you.
Henry: I didn't say that.
Marta: You've had your glory moments. Now leave room for us.
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References El último magnate (2011) See more »

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Tristan Und Isolde. Act III Scene 3: Mild Und Leise Wie Er Lachelt (Isolde, Melot Marke).
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Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Nanny Larsen-Todsen, Gunnar Graarud, Rudolf Bockelmann, Ivan Andresen, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele and Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele (collectively as Chorus and Orchestra of Bayreuth Festival, Karl Elmendorff. 1928. Public Domain
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War Romance tale set during The Spanish Civil War
19 August 2016 | by Tom DooleySee all my reviews

James D'Arcy plays an American journalist who is stationed in Guernica in 1937. The German Condor Legion is active and the war is raging all around, but the Republic have strict orders to only allow good new3s out and as such all journalists are censored to the point of mere mouths for propaganda.

Meanwhile he sort of falls for Teresa who is one of the censors, but her Soviet boss, Vasyl (Jack Davenport) is also romantically committed to her and does not take kindly to the dalliance. We also have the brilliant Burn Gorman playing a NKVD agent who is deliciously ruthless (great piece of casting too) and he brings some welcome spice to the proceedings. What follows are the events that put Guernica on the map – 'for all the wrong reasons'.

This is a really well made film with some great performances (accents aside) and high class CGI and a nice attention to detail. The love interest is good but not really going to be legendary and some could say that the bombing was under done, but I found it to be about right – we don't need loads of screen time of people suffering to make the point. In English, Castilian, Basque and some German with good to average sub titles, this is a film that is very much worth checking out.


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