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A WAR IN HOLLYWOOD

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B1)
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Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 3:45 PM (B3)
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A WAR IN HOLLYWOOD

DIRECTOR: Oriol Porta - SPAIN

The Spanish Civil War, perhaps Hollywood’s first cause célèbre, saw famous actors, directors, and screenwriters joining together to denounce Fascism in Spain. The subject of more than 50 Hollywood films, including such classics as For Whom the Bell Tolls and Spanish Earth, the defeat of democracy in Spain left an open wound in the hearts of many, who used their affection for democracy as a potent symbol of the romantic spirit of many of their screen characters. Porta offers a fascinating approach to the relationship between filmmaking and politics, focusing on the personal story of Oscar-nominated screenwriter Alvah Bessie (Object Burma), who fought against Franco as part of the International Brigade and was later blacklisted in Hollywood for his supposed Communist sympathies. (92 mins.)

First Feature Film.

In Spanish and English.

Sponsored by OPB TV.

FILM REVIEW

DIGITAL    

Interests: Documentary Views, Global Classroom, Spanish Language, History.

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