Activities in Republican areas of Barcelona and Valencia, at onset of Spanish Civil War
Spain Date:1936, July Duration:2 min 11 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Film opens showing Catalan volunteers during the advent of the Spanish Civil War, standing in front of a statue dedicated to Catalan Volunteers who had fallen in World War I. (It is a larger-than-life bronze statue of a nude male figure with arms upraised, created by Catalan sculptor Josep Clarà. It stands in the Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona. It was dedicated on July 14, 1936.) Camera pans across the group, some in military uniforms, and others in mufti. Scene shifts to a street in Valencia, Spain, where men in business attire surround a man standing at a microphone, speaking. The general scene is festive, with flags and banners seen in places and people dressed in their best. "Plaza de la Generalitat Catalana" is written across a building front, identifying the location. View shifts to large well-dressed crowd, applauding the speaker. Closeup of the principal speaker and two companions at the microphone. Next, a large uniformed band of musicians is seen being conducted and playing for the crowd. Angled closeup of the band director. Another uniformed music director leads the crowd in a patriotic song. Some boy scouts are see participating. A troop of Boy Scouts, some shouldering rifles, march to accompanyment of a Boy Scout drum corps. View changes to men informally gathered around a large round structure. They smoke and socialize. Scene shifts to Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona, where spectators watch as a man places a huge bouquet of flowers on the ground in front of the statue dedicated to the fallen Catalan Volunteers of World War 1. View of statue silhouetted against the sky. Camera pans down the statue.
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