The Good Fight

The Good Fight

Director: Noel Buckner, Mary Dore, Sam Sills Cast: Bill Bailey

DVD (Wide Screen / Black & White)

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The Good Fight

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2008
UPC: 0738329058425
Original Release: 1984
Source: Kino Video
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 69,103

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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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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