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Guernica Tree, The


France / Italy 1975, 110 minutes
Dir. Fernando Arrabal
In Italian with English subtitles
Rating: [R18]
Genres: Cult / War

Topics: Mind-bender.


Aroview: Final part in dir. Arrabal's cinematic trilogy (see VIVA LA MUERTE and I WILL WALK LIKE A CRAZY HORSE) is set amidst the carnage of the Spanish Civil War in the town of Guernica, which was notoriously bombed by the Nazis.

Employing a range of surrealistic devices, the main plot concerns a family of aristocrats who are assaulted by various political factions (including the town dwarves), before a final bloodbath at the hands of the fascists. Despite this description, the film is perhaps less graphic than Arrabal's other work, notwithstanding his propensity for outrageous blasphemous imagery.

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