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Libertarias (1996)

At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the nun Maria is forced to flee her convent. She takes refuge in a brothel, until it is liberated by a woman's anarchist group. Maria joins the ... See full summary »

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Vicente Aranda

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Vicente Aranda (screenplay), Vicente Aranda (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Belén ... Pilar
Victoria Abril ... Floren
Ariadna Gil ... María
Blanca Apilánez Blanca Apilánez ... Aura
Laura Mañá ... Concha
Loles León ... Charo
Jorge Sanz ... Obrero Hijo
José Sancho ... Obrero padre
Joan Crosas Joan Crosas ... Boina
Antonio Dechent ... Faneca
Miguel Bosé ... Cura secretario de Durruti
Paco Bas Paco Bas ... Un miliciano
Greg Charles Greg Charles ... Reportero extranjero
Claudia Gravy ... Madama del burdel
Francisco Maestre ... Obispo
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Storyline

At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the nun Maria is forced to flee her convent. She takes refuge in a brothel, until it is liberated by a woman's anarchist group. Maria joins the group and eventually goes to the front. The women's group faces the problems of fighting not only the nationalists, but also factions on the left seeking to impose a more traditional military structure. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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El corazón de la memoria

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

Spain | Italy | Belgium

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

22 January 1997 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Juegos de Guerra See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Durruti: Fascism must be stamped out forever. If necessary, in spite of the government. Perhaps some day soon this government may need the rebel forces to destroy the workers movement. We fight for the revolution. We expect help from no one.
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Soundtracks

Melodia de Arrabal
(Carlos Gardel (as Gardel) / Alfredo Le Pera (as Le Pera) / Mario Battistella Zoppi (as Battistella))
(C) 1938 Ricordi Americana
Por cortesía de Peermusic Española, S.A.
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A grandiose epic about the Spanish Civil War
4 May 2000 | by ElianaMSee all my reviews

This film, an impressive epic about the Spanish Civil War, focuses on the roles of women in the conflict. Thus, the title which translates to "Female Libertarians." This is probably the definitive film on the subject, with all its flaws. Some critics may see the film as "overkill" since it features extreme examples of female suffering, as well as extreme characterizations of the female center and left-wing fighters in the war. The characters include bourgeois women, working class girls, anarchists, and even a nun. The cast is a who's who of female actresses of Spanish Cinema in the 90's. But, considering the horrors and excesses of the war itself, whether the film can be excessive at all, is an open question. Very worth-while watching, and a must for those who follow Spanish Cinema or 20th century History.


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