Hollywood and the Spanish Civil War
For Whom the Bell Tolls
in The war that won't die
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This chapter discusses For Whom the Bell Tolls, an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's best-selling novel, and also considers Blockade and The Spanish Earth. It examines how Hollywood appropriated Hemingway's novel as part of a broader move to construct cinematic depictions of the Spanish Civil War suitable to wartime America's needs. The shifting manner of US cinematic representations of the conflict provides an example of ‘willing backwards’, a process in which the past is re-narrativised in the interests of those in the present.

The war that won't die

The Spanish Civil War in cinema

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