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Land and Freedom (1996)

Land and Freedom

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The internecine conflicts and heated passions of the Spanish Civil War, brought to glorious life by soft-smoldering firebrand Ken Loach.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 15, 1996
Runtime:
Gramercy Pictures

Cast

Ian Hart
as David
Tom Gilroy
as Lawrence
Andres Aladren
as Member of the Militi...
Sergi Calleja
as Member of the Militi...
Raffaele Cantatore
as Member of the Militi...
Pascal Demolon
as Member of the Militi...
Dave Allen
as On the Roof
Paul Laverty
as Member of the Militi...
Josep Magem
as Member of the Militi...
Eoin McCarthy
as Member of the Militi...
Jurgen Muller
as Member of the Militi...
Roca
as Member of the Militi...
Emilia Samper
as Member of the Militi...
Miguel Cabrillana
as Speaker at Meeting
Rafael Díaz
as Barracks Officer
Felicio Pellicer
as Nationalist Officer
Enriqueta Ferre
as Concierge
Asuncion Royo
as Old Woman
Phil O'Brien
as Ambulance Man
Dave Seddon
as Ambulance Man
Xavier Amatller
as Person on Train
Jaime Prats
as Person on Train
Jose Luis Prats
as Person on Train
Carles Vilarrasa
as Person on Train
Fina Alcaniz
as Townsperson
Claudio Dominguez
as Townsperson
Ernesto Grau
as Townsperson
Maria Folch
as Townsperson
Maites Lucas
as Townsperson
Sebastia Marmana
as Townsperson
Lola Olives
as Townsperson
Ma Eugenia Palatsi
as Townsperson
Pepa Palatsi
as Townsperson
Miguel Quintana
as Townsperson
Aniceto Rallo
as Townsperson
Paco Rangel
as Townsperson
Consol Segura
as Townsperson
Manolo Vicent
as Townsperson
David Allen
as Person on the Roof
Manel Anoro
as Person on the Roof
Lali Cambra
as Person on the Roof
Cristobal Estudillo
as Person on the Roof
Adoni Gonzalez
as Person on the Roof
Jose Luis Gonzalez
as Person on the Roof
Marius Lou
as Person on the Roof
Pep Navarro
as Person on the Roof
Antonio Pellicer
as Person on the Roof
Pepe Valenzuela
as Person on the Roof
Joan Pau Romani
as Person in the Cafe
Santi Celaya
as Person in the Cafe
Josep Galindo
as Person in the Cafe
Sergio Garcia
as Person in the Cafe
Daniel Muñoz
as Person in the Cafe
Neus Agullo
as Blanca's Parent
Pep Cortés
as Blanca's Parent
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
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Full Review… | March 15, 1996
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Land and Freedom

It is, perhaps, surprising that more films about the Spanish Civil War haven't been made. The Spanish landscape, the sheer ruthlessness of any civil war, and the perceived Spanish emotions all combine to make what would appear to be an attractive proposition for a film-maker. The names of Picasso and Lorca will forever have an association with the war, yet where are the artists representing cinema? All the more surprising then that it should have been British director Ken Loach who took up the cudgels. Loach is probably best known for his gritty portrayals of the British working class (and under-class), something that has, perhaps, made him more approachable outside his own country.

In tackling the Spanish Civil War any writer is faced with the overwhelming complexities that underlie the events. The regionalism (think only of the Catalan and Basque regions, let alone Galicia and Andalusia), the monarchy, the Catholic Church, landowners, trade unions, anarchists plus the leaderships of the Nationalist and Republican movements all combined to create a very tangled web. Add to that outside involvement, principally from Mussolini and Stalin, the vacillation of Britain and France and, of course, the omnipresence of Hitler, and anyone might wonder where to start.

Loach and Allen take their approach through the eyes of an unemployed Liverpudlian, David Carr (admirably played by Ian Hart) who, as a card-carrying member of the Communist Party, answers the call to fight for the Republic. We follow his exploits through a number of episodes, involving battles, falling in love, injury and, ultimately, a degree of disillusion as the reality of Stalin's views eventually come to dominate, and eventually destroy, his cause. The film is supremely well-made, highlighting the horrors, the camaraderie, and the political divisions. In particular, the debate amongst the militia about collectivisation after they have taken a small town takes no sides, but simply allows a number of valid arguments to be exposed within the context of the shifting sands of the war.

There is still ample material for the industry to go on to make more films on this important period in history. But Loach has set the benchmark.
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matertenebraum
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

½

Complex portrait of events which otherwise have had very little film coverage, beautifully capturing the idealism of the protagonists, their diverging beliefs and attitudes, and the ultimate logistical barriers and strife.

hawkledge
hawk ledge

Super Reviewer

KEN LOACH, which I consider to be the greatest living filmmaker working today, creates films that delve into the conflicts of the Human Condition and Social Systems --- he's equally at home criticizing the Right or the Left for their demagogic diatribes and absence of logical actions. If Cinema with a Political Foundation scares you, don't even attempt to tackle him. However, if your mind's open enough his films may just be an epiphany.

MadrigalDream
Jose Vazquez

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