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The Spanish Earth / THE SPANISH EARTH
It Happened Yesterday

In the small Spanish village of Fuentedueña between Madrid and Valencia, the villagers develop plans for the irrigation of land recently confiscated from the feudal landowners while Franco's military forces take part in the defense of Madrid. The commentary for the English version is narrated by Ernest Hemingway while the French version was done by Ivens himself. There was a first English version with the voice of Orson Welles and another French version with Jean Renoir as the narrator. The production company, Contemporary Historians, was founded by Hemingway, Lillian Hellman, John Dos Passos and Clifford Odets, among others.
BIOGRAPHY
JORIS IVENS Educated at the German and Russian expressionist schools during the early years of cinema, Ivens subsequently became a tireless explorer of arbitrariness as the factor leading to collective tragedy. Efficacious reporter of events in the last century, his documentaries bore the passionate if perhaps somewhat illusory lyricism of a pacifist militant. He travelled during his 70 years of career to China, Spain, Belgium, the USA, Italy, Indonesia, Chile, Cuba, Mali, Laos, France and Vietnam.
CAST & CREW
Director
Joris Ivens
Screenplay
John Dos Passos, Ernest Hemingway, (Joris Ivens)
Photography
John Fernhout, (Joris Ivens)
Edition
Helen van Dongen
Running Time
52 m.
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