Aug 082013
 

CinemaCoversmallANARCHIST CINEMA DURING THE SPANISH REVOLUTION AND CIVIL WAR by Emeterio Diez* — with appendices on Armand Guerra, Aranda’s ‘Libertarias (a review by Andrew H. Lee), and a general database on anarchist films by Santiago Juan-Navarro. These articles first appeared in Arena 1 (2009), Editor Richard Porton — LOOK INSIDE!

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*Emeterio Diez is a Spanish historian specialising in Spanish cinema whose published work has appeared in Archivos de la Filmoteca, Secuencias, Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos, Cuadernos de la Academia and Historia 16.

‘Pedagogical imperatives also come to the fore within Emeterio Diez’s discussion of the role of film in the Spanish Revolution and Civil War. The films of the CNT-FAI, in addition to having performed the traditional functions of agitation and propaganda traditionally embraced by a political faction during wartime, are now important documents that illuminate the anarchist experiments in self-management during the early days of revolutionary upheaval. Diez’s discussion of the anarchist “socialisation” of the Spanish film industry — particularly attempts to assert workers’ control over the realms of production and exhibition — is the most complete treatment of the subject I am aware of. While Diez ultimately pinpoints major contradictions that stymied the socialisation process (which included internecine conflicts among the anarchists themselves and the cinemas’ dependence upon Hollywood film which clashed blatantly with the CNT-FAI’s revolutionary ethos), his article nevertheless chronicles a seminal utopian moment in the history of the anarchist movement.’

Richard Porton (editor), author of Film and the Anarchist Imagination, teaches cinema studies at New York University, writes on film for a variety of publications, and is on the editorial board of Cineaste.

See also ‘The Spanish Civil War on Film‘ (1-8) introduced by Julián Casanova (with English subtitles)

Dec 212011
 

Antonio Ramón Ramón

The story of Antonio Ramón Ramón, a Spanish anarchist of Andalusian origin (Granada) who emigrated to Chile, with his family, as a young child.  In December 1907 his step-brother, Mauricio Vaca, was among the 3,600 striking immigrant nitrate miners massacred in their camp in the Domingo Santa María schoolyard by troops commanded by General Roberto Silva Renard, on the orders of Chile’s interior minister Rafael Sotomayor Gaete.

Ramón Ramón, the step brother, waited 7 years for an opportunity to bring General Silva Renard to justice for his barbarities, which he did on December 14, 1914, in the centre of Santiago de Chile, stabbing him seven times in the head and the back. Renard survived the attack, but was blinded and remained a bed-ridden invalid until his death in 1920. Antonio Ramón Ramón was arrested and subsequently tried to commit suicide by poisoning himself with strychnine. He is believed to have died in 1924, but his ultimate fate remains unknown.

Contemporary press coverage of General Silva Renard facing his nemesis

La venganza de Ramón Ramón 02 from Info Molvízar on Vimeo.

Nov 242011
 

Monza, July 29 1900 (Flavio Costantini)

Blow to the Heart (Colpo al cuore) non-accidental death of a monarch: an Italian documentary (English subtitles), with interviews and analysis examining two different strands of the life and motivation of anarchist regicide Gaetano Bresci, the slayer of Italian tyrant Umberto I. The film assesses Bresci’s action in the context of his age and considers the nature of redemption through propaganda by the deed; at what point do people like Bresci say: ‘Enough! Time to do away with the symbols of our oppression’, and respond with violent gestures when faced with cruel injustices. (See ChristieBooks FILMS – or view HERE, please allow time for film to load)

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Oct 082011
 

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A documentary about what it means to be an anarchist today in Mexico City, a city of 25 million inhabitants. It reminds us of the possibilities of other ways of living. Toby, now 50 years old, was a punk, and together with Marta, they run the Bilbioteca Social Reconstruir, a project launched by the Spanish anarchist Ricardo Mestre. The library contains files of considerable historical importance, as well as more than five thousand titles on the subject of anarchism. Here, Jacinto and Claudio, historians, studied anarchism, from the time of the Flores Magón brothers to today’s decrepit labor system; Ignacio started the Cultural Multiforum ‘Alicia’ 15 years ago The film has much to teach us about contemporary Mexico and a generation which is searching for another, more just world.

Oct 082011
 

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Parts 11 and 12 of Spain at War, a 30-part documentary series produced by Spanish TV in 1986. The films contain many rare and difficult to find images and footage: 11) They shall not pass! 12) Madrid resists

Oct 082011
 

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Parts 9 and 10 of Spain at War, a 30-part documentary series produced by Spanish TV in 1986. The films contain many rare and difficult to find images and footage: 9) The Republic pulls back 10) Franco – Caudillo!

Oct 082011
 

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Parts 7 and 8 of Spain at War, a 30-part documentary series produced by Spanish TV in 1986. The films contain many rare and difficult to find images and footage: 7) A Country in Flames 8). Bloody August

Oct 082011
 

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Parts 5 and 6 of Spain at War, a 30-part documentary series produced by Spanish TV in 1986. The films contain many rare and difficult to find images: 5) The Storm of July 6) Spain Divided

Oct 032011
 

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Parts 1 and 2 of Spain at War, a 30-part documentary series produced by Spanish TV in 1986. The films contains many rare and difficult to find images
1) Decline of a regime 2) The Republic: reform and reaction