The Spanish Civil War in the movies: 80 years of stories

Film cycle

This film cycle commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War throughout cinematographic stories. It takes cinema as an ideal place to face memory: its condition of tale turns it into a powerful mythological machine, and its visual primacy makes it ideal to crystallize lasting memorabilia images.

The opening session will be delivered by Bartomeu Vilà, who will discuss his own movie Cinema in times of war (2014). The cycle will continue with the screenings of Land and Freedom (Ken Loach, 1995), La Guerra de los locos (Manuel Matji, 1987), Posición Avanzada (Pedro Lazaga, 1966), and Behold a Pale Horse (Fred Zinnemann, 1964). The documentary film Franco on Trial (2018), by Lucía Palacios and Dietmar Post, will close the cycle on April 10. It will be presented by the director of the EUROM, Jordi Guixé, and the lawyer Josep Niubó Claveria.

The cycle is a university extension activity organized by the Research Center Filmhistòria and the Section of Contemporary History of the University of Barcelona in collaboration with the European Observatory on Memories. Directed by professor Magí Crusells and coordinated by Francesc Sánchez Barba.


March 06, 2019
Aula Magna
4,30 pm – 7,00 pm
Memories of a survivor: Joan Mariné

Cinema en temps de guerra (Bartomeu Vilà, 2014)
Presented by Bartomeu Vilà

March 13, 2019
Sala Gran
4,30 pm – 7,00 pm
The struggles in the Republican side

Land and Freedom (Ken Loach, 1995)
Presented by Juan Manuel Alonso

March 20, 2019
Aula 401
4,30 pm – 7,00 pm
The psychiatrist as a sentinel of purity

La Guerra de los Locos (Manuel Matji, 1987)
Presented by Iván Sánchez-Moreno

March 27, 2019
Aula 401
4,30 pm – 7,00 pm
The war according to Francoism

Posición avanzada (Pedro Lazaga, 1966)
Presented by Juan Vaccaro

April 3, 2019
Aula 401
4,30 pm – 7,00 pm
The Maquis: the fight continues

Behold a Pale Horse (Fred Zinnemann, 1964)
Presented by Francesc Sánchez Lobera

April 10, 2019
Aula Magna
4,30 pm – 7,00 pm
Francoism on trial?

Franco on trial. The Spanish Nuremberg? (Lucía Palacios and Dietmar Post, 2018)
Presented by Jordi Guixé and Josep Niubó i Claveria

Closing session by Carles Santacana, Director of the Departament of History and Archeology, University of Barcelona

Basic bibliography

Daniela ARONICA. La Guerra Civil española en la propaganda fascista. Noticiarios y documentales italianos (1936-1943). Salamanca: Shangrila, 2017.

José Maria CAPARRÓS LERA. Arte y política en el cine de la República (1931-1939). Barcelona. Edicions UB, 1981.

Magí CRUSELLS. La  Guerra Civil española: cine y propaganda. Barcelona: Ariel, 2000.

Román GUBERN. 1936-1939: La guerra de España en la pantalla. Madrid: Filmoteca Española, 1986.

Esteve RIAMBAU. Laya Films i el cinema a Catalunya durant la Guerra Civil. Barcelona: L’Avenç, 2018.

Vicente SÁNCHEZ-BIOSCA. Cine y Guerra Civil española. Del mito a la memoria. Madrid: Alianza, 2006.


March - April, 2019


Universitat de Barcelona
Facultat de Geografia i Història
c/ Montalegre, 6 – 4a planta
[email protected]



Other Institutions Involved

  • Research Center Filmhistòria
  • Section of Contemporary History of the University of Barcelona


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