Madrid fortifies and civilians evacuate during the Spanish Civil War
Madrid Spain Date:1937 Duration:4 min 43 sec Sound:Yes
Scene opens showing the fly leaf of the book Don Quixote, De La Mancha. A hand flips to another illustrated page. Then camera focuses on statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza on the memorial to author, Cervantes, by sculptor Lorenzo Coullaut Valera, on the Plaza Espana, in Madrid. Next is shown a building partially destroyed by shelling. Citizens of Madrid are seen working to place protective walls around important monuments and buildings in the city. Masons work on the reinforcing walls, while citizens are seen busily going about their affairs in background. Several soldiers march into a guarded fortified area. A truck drives on a street, past a woman and small children sitting on some rubble. A streetcar moves along a street along with a horse-drawn covered wagon, and pedestrians, making their way past a long masonry protective wall. Two armed Republican soldiers ride on the roof of a bus. A Red Cross flag hangs beneath a Metro sign, above steps leading down into the subway. A long line of people waiting to buy vegetables at a small store. Masking tape crisscrossing the window of a shop to help proctect it. Pedestrians filling the sidewalks of a street walled by tall apartment buildings and shops. Some rubble in the street from rebel Nationalist shelling. A policeman armed with a rifle, directing pedestrians to move along. The covered body of a civilian lying amidst rubble from shelling, on a sidewalk. A Municipal Services truck pulling up to the spot. The city workers place the body in a wooden coffin and put it into their truck. A large poster urges all civlians to evacuate Madrid. View from moving vehicle of huge crowds of civilians on the sidewalks. A horse-drawn wagon, loaded down with household goods, moves along the street. Women carry bedsprings past stone bunkers. People standing about, with bundles of personal belongings, apparently waiting for transport of some sort. Women and children, with their belongings, being helped aboard a truck. The truck driving away.
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