THE ROSES OF GUERNICA (REVISED) 

a screenplay by hrickclark submitted on 04/22/2005 (action, drama, historical)

Cruelty was the rule not the exception in the Spanish Civil War. Executions of men, women and children, innocent...

Synopsis

Cruelty was the rule not the exception in the Spanish Civil War. Executions of men, women and children, innocent and guilty, were common occurrences. The war took its toll on winners and losers alike. Lovers were thrown together and torn apart. This is a story about love, the war and the bombing of Guernica. Some of the characters are real and others fictionalized. Picasso’s mural memorializing the bombing and the atrocities hangs in the United Nations and the Reina Sofia Museum in Spain. The Spanish Civil War was the testing ground for World War II, new equipment and tactics were tested by both sides. Two generals, one German the other Italian devised a new system of bombing that was designed to terrorize and demoralize the population. This new technique was called “carpet bombing.” A small innocent village named Guernica was chosen to test the technique. On Monday, April 26, 1937, a market day in Guernica, the little village was bombed. When people ran into the open fields outside the village to escape the flames, fighter planes came in and strafed them with machine gun fire. Picasso’s mural “Guernica” can be seen at http://homepage.mac.com/dmhart/WarArt/StudyGuides/Picasso.html

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