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Hollywood contra Franco (2008)

92 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The Spanish Civil War made a great impression on the lives of most of the American artists of the 20th Century. Lots of films were made in Hollywood referring to this event, and the defeat of the Democratic Spain let an "open wound" in the...See moreThe Spanish Civil War made a great impression on the lives of most of the American artists of the 20th Century. Lots of films were made in Hollywood referring to this event, and the defeat of the Democratic Spain let an "open wound" in the heart of liberal actors, directors and screenwriters. The coherent life of screenwriter Alvah Bessie is our track through this feeling. From his fighting in Spain with the Abraham Lincoln Brigades in 1937 to his return to Spain 30 years later, where he was required to write his only film after being blacklisted as one of the "Hollywood Ten". This is an original approach to one of the most controversial subjects of our times: the relationship between film industry and politics. Written by Oriol Porta See less
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Carles Pedragosa (original music by)
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Feb 23, 2011 (United States)

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55 cast members
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Lluís Soler
Alvah Bessie (voice) Alvah Bessie (voice)   See fewer
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Brendan Price
Alvah Bessie (voice) Alvah Bessie (voice)   See fewer
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Alvah Bessie
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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Moe Fishman
Self - Member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Self - Member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade   See fewer
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Román Gubern
Self - Film Historian Self - Film Historian   See fewer
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Dan Bessie
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Patrick McGilligan
Self - Author of 'Tender Comrades' Self - Author of 'Tender Comrades'   See fewer
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Eric Johnston
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James Philips
Voice over off line (voice) Voice over off line (voice)   See fewer
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Lauren Bacall
Rose Cullen / Self (archive footage) Rose Cullen / Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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Ingrid Bergman
María (archive footage) María (archive footage)   See fewer
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Herbert J. Biberman
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Humphrey Bogart
Rick Blaine / Self (archive footage) Rick Blaine / Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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Charles Boyer
Luis Denard (archive footage) Luis Denard (archive footage)   See fewer
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Joseph I. Breen
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Madeleine Carroll
Norma (archive footage) Norma (archive footage)   See fewer
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Claudette Colbert
Augusta Nash (archive footage) Augusta Nash (archive footage)   See fewer
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Lester Cole
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Gary Cooper
Robert Jordan (archive footage) Robert Jordan (archive footage)   See fewer
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Bette Davis
Sara Muller (archive footage) Sara Muller (archive footage)   See fewer
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Edward Dmytryk
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Dwight D. Eisenhower
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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Henry Fonda
Marco (archive footage) Marco (archive footage)   See fewer
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Francisco Franco
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John Garfield
John 'Kit' McKittrick / Self (archive footage) John 'Kit' McKittrick / Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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Murray Hamilton
Brooks Carpenter (archive footage) Brooks Carpenter (archive footage)   See fewer
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Ernest Hemingway
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Hirohito
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Adolf Hitler
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Danny Kaye
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Ring Lardner Jr.
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John Howard Lawson
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Michael Lonsdale
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Albert Maltz
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Christian Marquand
Zaganar (archive footage) Zaganar (archive footage)   See fewer
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Ray Milland
Tom Martin (archive footage) Tom Martin (archive footage)   See fewer
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Zero Mostel
Hecky Brown (archive footage) Hecky Brown (archive footage)   See fewer
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Michael Murphy
Alfred Miller (archive footage) Alfred Miller (archive footage)   See fewer
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Benito Mussolini
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Patrick O'Neal
George Bissinger (archive footage) George Bissinger (archive footage)   See fewer
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Samuel Ornitz
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Gregory Peck
Harry Street / Manuel Artiguez (archive footage) Harry Street / Manuel Artiguez (archive footage)   See fewer
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Anthony Quinn
Viñolas (archive footage) Viñolas (archive footage)   See fewer
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Claude Rains
Captain Louis Renault (archive footage) Captain Louis Renault (archive footage)   See fewer
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Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Adrian Scott
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Joseph Stalin
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Mark Stevens
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Barbra Streisand
Katie (archive footage) Katie (archive footage)   See fewer
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Dalton Trumbo
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8.1 / 10 | 27 votes