The siege of the Alcazar
Reenactment of the siege of the Alcázar in Toledo garrison during the resistance of the military and the population during the Spanish civil war. Over a month of siege of antifranchisti, with the narrative of everyday life, of births and deaths, the hardship of families terrified and the military who oppose the attempts of the enemy to enter the fortified wall.
"The siege of the Alcazar actually had the intentions, but not the results, epic ... in Genina characters, at least in history, have a comedic and stature seem removed from one of the brilliant events that made up the largestproduction of the period "
"Built on a slender plot, the work achieves its most effective effects in crowd scenes, both with regard to the first part with explicit references to Russian cinematography (...) and for the dramatic and emotional buildup of the finale with a loud crescendo tension. Documentary tone is a further strong point and it is one that engages the Viewer, giving the impression of historical reality "
(Gian Piero Brunetti)
Country of origin: Italy, Spain
Duration: 112 min
Genre: Drama, War
Directed By: Augusto Genina
Subject: Augusto Genina, Alessandro De Stefani
Manufacturer: Renato and Carlo Babu
Distribution: 1940 I.C.I.
Photography: Francesco Izzarelli, Vincenzo Seratrice
Editing: Fernando Tropea
Music: Antonio Veretti
Art Director: Gaston Medim