Defenders of the Faith (1938) Claimed to be the first picture of 'actual warfare ever to be made in natural colour', "Defenders of the Faith" was made by American Russell Palmer, a committed Nationalist and shot entirely in colour making it possibly unique amongst all film records of the Spanish Civil War. From extraordinary air-to-air action footage of the Nationalist 'Flying Turkeys' squadron strafing enemy trenches and tanks, to rare film of the Spanish Foreign Legion and Moor Units, and from coverage of the assault on Castellon to Nationalist armoured cars and tanks at the Front, this truly extraordinary film reveals the war as it has never been seen before. The Spanish Earth (1937) is Ernest Hemingway's own, powerful and evocative account of the siege of Madrid during the Spanish Civil War. The film looks at the devastating effect of the siege on Madrid's population, its fine architecture and magnificent palaces, and examines the fight to save the city, with genuine combat footage and a look at a raging tank battle to prevent the rebels from cutting Madrid's supply lines. Beautifully filmed and with extensive use of original Spanish folk music, no other documentary comes close to capturing the fierce spirit of those turbulent times.
Carmen Franco, Francisco Franco, José Millán Astray, Carmen Polo, Gonzalo Queipo de Llano, Ramón Serrano Súñer