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A story from the Spanish Revolution
Land and Freedom/Tierra y Libertad
in The war that won't die
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This chapter explores how the thorny issue of inter-Republican conflict is represented in Land and Freedom/Tierra y Libertad, an overtly political cinematic engagement with the period that resurrects the conflict's revolutionary dimension. It explores the capacity of non-self-reflexive cinema to foster a historical consciousness in audiences, arguing that the social realist film form utilised by the filmmakers is an entirely valid one for representing the past cinematically and considering the political controversy surrounding the film's release. The chapter also examines some of the pitfalls in representing complex events through the medium of cinema, but concludes that in resurrecting the revolutionary aspects of the fight against fascism, Land and Freedom is one of the most important films dealing with the period.

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The war that won't die

The Spanish Civil War in cinema


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