23' / 1939 / France
English and spanish subtitled
This documentary, commissioned by the French ‘Secours Populaire’ and directed by Henri Cartier-Bresson, is a description of the presence of the foreign armies that came to help the Francoist rebellion and a social criticism of the non-intervention policy. It also highlights the activist work carried out by the members of the ‘Secours Populaire’ in favour of Republican Spain.
The commentary, written by Georges Sadoul, is a well-argued and detailed accusation of the presence of foreigners (Moroccans, Germans and, especially, Italians) on the side of Francoist troops.
The film is based on different fragments of filmed documents, the documentaries ‘The Durruti Column’ and ‘The Mutilation of Barcelona’, as well as the workers’ news magazine, the ‘Magazine Populaire nº1’.