|La Guerra Filmada
||[ Friday, 25 Aug 06 | 13:24 ]
I have been watching a series on La 2 (Channel 2 of Spanish TV) on Sunday nights at midnight called La Guerra Filmada or the “The Filmed War”. This new documentary series offers some of the films produced by both sides of the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1939. The series is composed of 8 chapters of 55 minutes of duration and is co-produced by TVE and the Spanish Filmoteca (Filmoteca Española).
A university professor of Contemporary History of the University of Zaragoza, Julian Casanova, hosts the show and has short introductions to the film clips. He takes a neutral stance on the conflict. Many of the clips have not been shown on TV before. They are unedited and speak for themselves. There is a wealth of films from both sides and even some foreign produced films.
One of the interesting things I have noticed is that the Nationalist (Franco) films tend to be more rigid and the people appear a little grim. The Republican films are more open and diverse. All are clearly propaganda and sometimes explicitly labeled as such. The conflict is simplified by its participants to being a battle between fascists and reds. And we all know that the fascists won.
It’s interesting to see scenes of places I have visited in Spain and especially here in Barcelona. I sometimes recognize the streets and locations. It’s surprising that there hasn’t been that much change in the 70 years that have passed since the films were made.
The other observation that I have is that the Spain of today, 30 years after el franquismo ended, seems as if the Second Republic had persevered after all.