Land And Freedom details
|Starring:||Icíar Bollaín, Rosana Pastor, Ian Hart|
Land And Freedom
|Run time:||1 hour 49 minutes|
|Rental release:||28 Mar 2005|
|Main languages:||English, Spanish|
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RealBy Tomoe from W Sussex , 30 Mar 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This film, in all its simplicity, just blew me away. Without using all the big budget production methods, it kept the story simple and moving. A young, unemployed man from Liverpool, a member of the communist party and full of idealism volunteers to fight in the Spanish civil war. What he learns about the reality of war, politics and human beings probably doesn't change the course of his life, as shown by the beginning of the film.
The actors are all superb. In the passion of their arguements they stumble over their words and at times you feel it's more of a fly-on-the-wall documentary than a work of fiction. Wonderful film.
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Dull - just my opinion.By Whippet9 (83 reviews) from Brighton , 14 Jun 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI found it ok up till the 20 minute discussion on Collectivism,
From that point it went down hill and descended into a lot of chatter.
No wars are ever nice but civil wars seem to be especially brutal, this didn't get reflected here, as it didn't show the scale of the war, just one man's view of it
Might I suggest For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemmingway, as a better story about this conflict?
Something worth fighting forBy a customer , 19 Nov 2011A superb depiction of the divisions that ultimately led to the defeat of the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. The use of Spanish (and hence subtitles in some sections) just adds to the general feel of authenticity. Gets five stars just for the sheer ambition of having a 20 minute segment, in Spanish, debating the pros and cons of collectivisation.....don't let that put you off, it is utterly engrossing and a reminder of a time when there was a real choice to make about the kind of society people wanted to live in.
War at ground levelBy Klint (7 reviews) , 14 Nov 2011Utterly convincing portrayal of the idealism, sacrifice and beliefs of those involved in what seems like a forgotten war from less than 80 years ago. Ken Loach's largely unscripted and chronological approach to shooting (the actors had no idea what was going to happen next in the story), gives amazing realism. No huge set-piece battles but that only goes to heighten the effectiveness of following a small group within the whole war. Yes it would be nice to hear the commanders strategising, but this would lessen our understanding of what it was like for the volunteers at the bottom, who could not see what was going amongst the decision-makers. Brilliant stuff.
Land Of Hope And GloryBy Emjay69 (341 reviews) from Kidlington, Oxford , 05 Oct 2011Superb film that didn't get top marks from me because of the forced captions. (I don't do subtitles).
Very well acted and realistic in it's approach to a civil war. This one left me feeling very sympathetic to the Spanish and it made me wonder what would happen if it occurred in this country.
Well worth watching and enjoying.
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A very good account of the chaos involved in the Spanish civil warBy Rysee (2 reviews) from Birmingham , 06 Mar 2011Althrough this film mirrors Eric Blair's own experiences of the Spanish civil war, Ken Loach's very good direction manages to capture the sheer chaos of the war and of the different competing factions on the republican side.
The film starts with the main protagonist, an unemployed communist party member from Liverpool, who is filled with revolt by the Fascist atrocity's being commited in spain decideds to head to the front to protect the fledgling republic.
On his arrival in spain he joins a millita group called the POUM, a rag tag group of idealists from all over Europe who are banded together with not many supply's or working weapons.
Throught the ordeals that the group face Loach manages to convay a gritty sence of realism to the film in a way that you feel part of the group and as the main protagonists start to realize that they have been betrayed by the very people that they had first put there faith in you cannot but help to feel betrayed as well.