A soldiers trapped inside a church as last refugee. A fight that no one couldn't win. A war that no one wanted to lose.A soldiers trapped inside a church as last refugee. A fight that no one couldn't win. A war that no one wanted to lose.A soldiers trapped inside a church as last refugee. A fight that no one couldn't win. A war that no one wanted to lose.
The jingoist flick attempts to glorify and praise the bold acts and tenacity of the Spanish people , showing their bravura and comradeship , but there is also a sour critique to useless heroism . A well pace movie with nice narrating structure taken from famous American warlike films , being professionally made . The cast is pretty good , such as Alvaro Cervantes as a valiant and upright soldier as well as a brave courier , Eduard Fernandez as supreme commandant , Luis Tosar as stubborn lieutenant , Carlos Hipolito as a good doctor and the veteran Karra Elejalde as Fray Carmelo . And other important actors appearing as Miguel Herrán , Pedro Casablanc ,Ricardo Gómez , Ciro Miró and Patrick Criado as a deserter .This is a reboot based on the 1945 classy version by Antonio Román with Jose Nieto , Guillermo Marin , Conrado San Martin , Manolo Moran , Tony Leblanc , Fernando Rey and Nani Fernández . This is the best of 40's productions exalting the Spanish heroism , such as ¨Escuadrilla¨, ¨Harka¨, ¨El Santuario No Se Rinde¨, ¨Raza¨ and ¨ The siege of Alcázar¨ .
The film packs a colorful cinematography by Alex Catalá , shot on exotic location in Jungle Equatorial Guinea , and the Village and Church was filmed in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, , Santa Lucía de Tirajana, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Canary Islands,UNESCO Biosphere Reserve . And a thrilling as well as evocative musical score by Roque Baños . The picture pays tribute to a gorgeous song which in first rendition was performed by a beautiful Tágala woman : Nani Fernandez , who sings the famous song ¨Yo Té diré¨ by maestro composer Halpern . This ¨Propaganda¨ motion picture was well directed by Salvador Calvo , a good filmmaker at his best . Here Calvo surprises us with a historical film plenty of feats , adventures and heroic deeds . Salvador is a Spain's very celebrated filmmaker , he has made a lot of of TV movies . Being stunning and compellingly directed by Salvador Calvo who has made successful TV Series and episodes such as ¨Lo Que Escondían Sus Ojos¨ , ¨Mario Conde¨ , ¨La Duquesa¨ , ¨Askrana¨ , ¨Paquirri¨ , ¨Cuentame Un Cuento¨ , and has directed for cinema this hit ¨Los Ultimos De Filipinas¨ .
The historic facts are : The siege took place for 11 months, or 337 days. On June 1, 1898, Morenas began the impregnable defense . On the night of the 30th , 800 Filipino troops attacked, and the garrison fell back to the church. The town priest, Candido Gómez Carreño, also quartered himself in the church. The first few days of the siege saw several attempts by the Filipinos to get the Spanish to surrender by leaving letters, while they surrounded the church with trenches. On July 8 the Revolutionary Commander, offered a suspension of hostilities until nightfall, which was accepted.On July 18, Calixto Villacorta took command of the Filipinos . He also sent a warning letter, which was rebuffed. The Spanish had to endure confinement in a small, hot, humid space. As the siege progressed, their food supply began to diminish through usage and spoilage. Enemy rifle fire did cause casualties but diseases did more damage. The first Spaniard to die was Gómez Carreño.In September, Lt. Alonso, and then in November, Captain Las Morenas succumbed to beriberi. Command fell to Lt. Saturnino Martín Cerezo when Las Morenas died in December. More than once the Spanish made forays to burn nearby houses to deprive the Filipinos of much needed cover.The Filipinos attempted to smoke them out by setting fires beside the church wall but this was repulsed and their timber captured. Of the fifty men who entered the church, around thirty survived the 11-month siege. Fourteen men died from disease. Only two men died from wounds. There were four deserters from the garrison. Two men were imprisoned for helping in the desertion of another , and executed on orders of Martin Cerezo on June 1, 1899, the day before the surrender . The battle is considered part of the Spanish-American War since the Filipinos were allied with the United States at the outset. That war ended in December 1898 with Spain's surrender and annexation of the Philippines to the United States. However, cut off from communications with their own government and military, the Spanish forces continued their defense against the Filipino forces until 1899
- Jan 16, 2019