Ken Loach's acclaimed 1936-set film about the Spanish Civil War stars Ian Hart as a disillusioned Liverpudlian who decides to follow his principles and join the fight against fascism in Spain. Taking up with a poorly armed Republican alliance, he soon becomes enmeshed in the desperate struggle to protect the country's democratic government from General Franco's advancing armies. David bonds deeply with his comrades, especially the beautiful Blanca (Rosana Pastor), but is dismayed as political infighting threatens to plunge the whole resistance movement into turmoil. Epic in scope and brilliantly acted, 'Land and Freedom' is one of the most unique, powerful and moving war films ever made.
Somehow I could not get into this film, the scenes in Spain did not transport me back to the time in question.not a lot of action going on, just people arguing over their political views which I felt were overstressed. I did find the acting was of a high standard.
Spanish Civil War drama
- Land and Freedom review by Rubber Ducky
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A really interesting film for people prepared to give a little thought to what they are watching. Traces the story of a bloke from Liverpool who dcides to join the alliance in their fight against facism. Superb acting and direction. You really get a feel for what it must have been like to actually do this.