The search for truth in Soldados de Salamina/Soldiers of Salamina
in The war that won't die
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This chapter focuses on Soldados de Salamina/Soldiers of Salamina, an adaptation of Javier Cercas's best-selling novel, which in both content and form calls into question the possibility of accessing the past along the lines suggested by Jenkins, Rosenstone and White. It suggests that Soldados de Salamina questions the possibility of constructing totalising narratives about the past, promoting in their place a more subjective approach to representations of the past. The film entry centres on Lola Cercas, a journalist and writer who attempts to uncover the details of the execution of approximately fifty Nationalist prisoners and the escape of one of their group, the real-life writer and fascist ideologue Rafael Sánchez Mazas.

The war that won't die

The Spanish Civil War in cinema


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