In 1898, Spain sends a military squad to the town of Baler, Philippines, to protect one of the last colonies of the Spanish Empire, to avoid rebellious natives from recovering its ancient territories. Lead by Captain Enrique de las Morenas and Lieutenant Cerezo, proud military men, the soldiers are stalked by night by the rebels, and are forced to seek refuge in the church run by Fray Carmelo, Baler's priest. Turning the church into a military fort, the unrelenting heat and malaria starts to sweep across the men. After the Captain's death by a disease called beriberi, Cerezo steps in as the new leader of the squad, faced with a constant power struggle with Jimeno, a soldier from the previous squad annihilated by the rebels. Becoming more and more paranoid and obsessive with the victory and the glory of the Spanish Empire, the rebels close to Cerezo explain that Spain has already sold the Philippine Islands to the USA, ceding all the colonies from the Spanish Empire, and that the war ...Written by
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Above average warlike film with lots of action , intense drama , impressive battles and masterfully played
A patriotic film in which Filipino revolutionaries laid siege to a fortified church manned by colonial Spanish troops in the town of Baler .
This successful ¨Los Ultimos De Filipinas¨is set during the time of the Spanish-American War , 1898 , at a place located on the eastern coast of Luzon, is some 225 kilometers distant from the Philippine capital city of Manila . There is a Spanish detachment in Baler , in the Philippines, it was garrisoned by a fifty-man detachment of the 2nd Expeditionary Battalion "Cazadores" of Philippines , under Captain Enrique Morenas y Fossí (Eduard Fernandez) , as the Principe district political-military governor , along with lieutenant Martin Cerezo (Luis Tosar ) , Sargento Jimeno (Javier Gutiérrez) and Doctor Vigil (Carlos Hipolito ) . Commandant Morenas realizes that the native people of his district are planning an insurrection . He orders his troops to entrench in the village church and being strongly stranded . On June 1, 1898 , Morenas began work to dig a well , stock food supplies and ammunition and to fortify the church compound of San Luís De Tolosa in Baler's town square against a possible attack . The church was the only stone building in the area , it was besieged by the Tágalos rebels . During their stay , which is prolonged for nearly a year , there are several incidents ; suffering enemy bullets , starvation and illness , such as beriberi , dysentery , and fevers which demonstrate sacrifice and braveness of the Spanish military . At the end took place a peace treaty (Paris) between Spain and USA .There are men they want medals and men they want come back.
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
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