Land and Freedom
A precursor battle to WWII in which nearly 1/2 1,000,000 were killed in little over two years. Ken Loach’s Land and Freedom would possibly help to explain the lack of movies at the situation: through the story of David Carr (a magnificently un-starry Ian Hart), a British communist long gone to Spain to combat Franco’s fascists, we research this was no “top battle” of clean heroes and villains.
David’s story starts offevolved romantically within the hazy Spanish hills, liberating small cities with a ragtag collection of anti-Franco fighters, however his idealism is slowly snuffed out via the reality of a complex fight. The Marxist POUM militia face enemies no longer just from the right, but from the left and middle, from rifle-wielding village priests keen to preserve the popularity quo and Stalinists decided to weigh down any socialist factions they don't forget hostile to the Soviet reason. It’s typically didactic stuff from Loach, who extolls the virtues of socialism at the same time as laboring the (pretty obvious) factor that fascism and Stalinism are bad, however the film leaves behind it the evocative whiff of despair, for all the hopefuls who find their idealism won't belong in the sort of complex global.