Classic SCW film on TV this month

May 12, 2010
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This Friday May 21, Turner Classic Movies will screen one of the most interesting, albeit less well known, Hollywood productions about the Spanish Civil War, as a tribute to Lena Horne, who died this week at the age of 92. The Fallen Sparrow (Richard Wallace, 1943) stars John Garfield and Maureen O’Hara in the story of a former Spanish Civil War prisoner searching for the truth about the death of a friend.  Less romanticized than For Whom the Bell Tolls, the film is noteworthy, among other things, for its pre-Cold War vindication of Lincoln Brigaders as prescient–rather than “premature”–antifascists.

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