The Good Fight

Overview

This excellent documentary fills a gap in American history. It illustrates the role of thousands of Americans who left the safety of the United States at the end of the 1930s to fight against fascism in Spain. About 40,000 foreign volunteers from 50 countries were in the International Brigade, and the American Abraham Lincoln Brigade was a small part of that larger corps. The story of the American involvement is told with historical footage, newsreels, still photos, and other media, as well as interviews with ...
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Overview

This excellent documentary fills a gap in American history. It illustrates the role of thousands of Americans who left the safety of the United States at the end of the 1930s to fight against fascism in Spain. About 40,000 foreign volunteers from 50 countries were in the International Brigade, and the American Abraham Lincoln Brigade was a small part of that larger corps. The story of the American involvement is told with historical footage, newsreels, still photos, and other media, as well as interviews with survivors from the fighting. The soldiers who returned after the 1939 defeat of the Spanish Loyalists by Francisco Franco were blacklisted and unjustly accused of being Communists (there were many Communists in the International Brigade, and American Communists were among the leading opponents of fascism at the time). Many of the soldiers suffered for daring to fight for American ideals against a rising fascist army supported by Mussolini and Hitler. Interviews with a few of these soldiers reveal that some feel the Spanish Civil War bought time for the Western nations to prepare for World War II, others feel that the defeat of democracy in Spain was symptomatic of a repeating historical truth: the forces of greed and power regularly defeat humanistic aspirations and ideals.
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Special Features

Interview with the Filmmakers (1988); Bill Bailey Stories: Outtakes from The Good Fight; Homage with Pete Seeger; Commemoration of Those Who Served; Newly Remastered for 16x9 TV's
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2008
  • UPC: 738329058425
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / B&W
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 58,055

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Bailey
Ed Balchowsky
Colleen Dewhurst
Bill McCarthy
Steve Nelson
Studs Terkel Voice Only
Technical Credits
Noel Buckner Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Mary Dore Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Sam Sills Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Wendy Blackstone Score Composer
Stephen Lighthill Cinematographer
Bernardo Palombo Score Composer
Peter Rosen Cinematographer
Joe Vitagliano Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Good Fight
1. Origins [7:52]
2. Against Fascism [5:47]
3. Spanish Democracy [11:32]
4. Volunteers for Spain [7:40]
5. Journey to Spain [6:44]
6. Battle Stories [8:51]
7. Popular Support [9:20]
8. Last Battles [11:08]
9. Hardships [7:09]
10. Leaving Spain [6:47]
11. Premature Anti-Fascists [6:12]
12. Coda [9:27]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Good Fight
   Play
   Chapters
   Extras
      Interview with the Filmmakers (1988) From Public TV's "POV" Program
      Bill Bailey Stories: Out-Takes from The Good Fight
         Play All
         Childhood: "Everyone Was Poor"
         Altar Boy: "Maybe He'll Make the Priesthood"
         Shipping Out: "Are You a Seaman?"
         Tattoo Story: "I'm a Red Hot"
         Spain: War is a Bitch"
         In the Event of My Death: "Dear Mom"
         The Spanish People: "The Down Beds"
         Barcelona Farewell: "Thick With Flowers"
      Homage with Pete Seeger
      Commemoration of Those Who Served
         Prologue
            A-B
            C-D
            E-F
            G-H
            I-J
            K-L
            M-N
            O-P
            Q-R
            S-T
            U-V
            W-X
            Y-Z
   Sources & Credits
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