Title: 'With regard to La guerre est finie', II
Duration: 13 min., 52 seg.
Sound collection: Radio Paris. Ramírez/del Campo
Summaries: Coloquio sobre la película "La guerre est finie" de Alain Resnais con guión de Jorge Semprun (retirada del Festival de Cannes): André Camp, José Bergamín, Jean François Camp y Rafael Delgado moderados por Julián Antonio Ramírez
This is a panel discussion on 'Radio París', following the successful French film 'La guerre est finie' (The War is Over) by Alain Resnais, one of the leading figures in the 'Nouvelle Vague' (New Wave) of French cinema, written by Jorge Semprún, starring the famous actor and singer Yves Montand. The members of the meeting were André Camp (director of 'Radio París' between 1958 and 1969), the writer José Bergamín, a college student, and Julián Antonio Ramírez as moderator.
The film caused a lot of talk at the time. Not only for its subject, its script and its realization, but also for its withdrawal from the Festival de Cannes 1966. Initially it was feared (for obvious reasons) that this withdrawal was due to some protest the Spanish government against Franco in the political content of the tape, but it soon became clear that it was only for French film committee's decision, which determined that there were other films French most likely to win the tournament. Anyway, the film was parallel to Cannes, and had great commercial success, garnering several awards in succession. In Spain, of course, had to wait until 1977 to see it in theaters. At press time there was the reviews on its release:
"(...) La guerre est finie refers to some specific problems of our history. The contents of the tape has kept the other side of the border, until now. The film was made in 1965. In this case, Resnais (...) tells the story of a Spanish revolutionary who flees from Madrid in the middle sixties and goes to France where he will make contact with multiple partners and analyze both the political circumstances of that time as the action to follow. Resnais then (...) spoke on the tape meant a look forward. "The war in Spain is over, he said, but the struggle continues". 'La guerre est finie', is divided neatly under the dash of a good specialist in political cinema, Jorge Semprun. A rich and complex topic that Resnais has dealt with the visual brilliance and depth in the treatment of the subject is his custom. For these reasons and aesthetic insight in analyzing the continuous film presenting the audience with full force last years hot incision in our socio-political landscape (...)". (La Vanguardia, 06-IV-1977)
With regard to the views of dissent and exile, it seems that once were, in general, quite negative, despite critical acclaim and awards harvested, which pundits commented on the recording, although the own Julián Antonio Ramírez admitted that it was a film that no one left indifferent.
The roundtable served to develop a dual program at the ORTF, whose recordings are stored in the catalog (see the first part of the recording) in contents of both shows the high level of commitment of the station with the culture, their tendency anti-Franco, and democratic. Moreover, allowing such programs in Spain to present all kinds of items banned by the censorship regime, so that, when finally able to release the film, the Spanish knew of its existence.
University of Alicante. University library. Fonoteca