1937 Spain: lines are being drawn, sides are being chosen… and the world will never be the same. As the citizens of the village of Guernica live with the day-to-day realities of the Civil War, an American journalist (James D'Arcy) secretly joins forces with a local press-office censor (María Valverde) to work against the stringent restrictions that are becoming more common. But everything changes when German forces attack the town, and the freedom of the press becomes a vital weapon. Based on the historical events of the bombing that set the stage for World War II.
ham-fisted romantic storyline
- Guernica review by DF
I found this movie disappointing. The bombing of Guernica was a horrible and tragic episode during the Spanish Civil War and something worthy of a serious and sensitive recounting of events. The movie strings in a ham-fisted romantic storyline pandering perhaps to a broad audience base. The factual basis of the main characters actions I find dubious; a drunken American reporter? Yes, there were a few of them in Spain during the war. I reckon that the characters in the movie are drawn from the real-life reporters such as Hemingway, Capa and Taro et al (well described in the book Hotel Florida). The romantic element of the movie between 'Henry' and 'Teresa' is woeful and the photographer 'Marta' obviously based on Taro is a joke. As for the depiction of the propoganda/censorship offices; for a more accurate description of how they operated, Hotel Florida has a good insight. Although the director is Basque, I have a feeling his handling of the movie was compromised by the producers.
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Unrealistic stereotypes engage in Spanish Civil War
- Guernica review by DR
The action sequences were unconvincing. Drunken US war correspondent thrust into heroic role. A tired theme. Also, the sound track was not good.