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The war that won't dieThe Spanish Civil War in cinema$
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David Archibald

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719078088

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078088.001.0001

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Hollywood and the Spanish Civil War: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Hollywood and the Spanish Civil War: For Whom the Bell Tolls

(p.30) 1 Hollywood and the Spanish Civil War: For Whom the Bell Tolls
The war that won't die

Archibald David

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses For Whom the Bell Tolls, an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's best-selling novel, and also considers Blockade and The Spanish Earth. It examines how Hollywood appropriated Hemingway's novel as part of a broader move to construct cinematic depictions of the Spanish Civil War suitable to wartime America's needs. The shifting manner of US cinematic representations of the conflict provides an example of ‘willing backwards’, a process in which the past is re-narrativised in the interests of those in the present.

Keywords:   Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway, Blockade, Spanish Earth, Spanish Civil War, US cinematic representations

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