During the Spanish Civil War, soldiers and refugees fleeing Franco's troops cross the border to enter in France. In the film, they use the Pont du Roi over the river Garonne, a pass in the Val d'Aran.
The civilians, men, women and children, carry only few belongings, probably chosen in haste and at random. Shot in 1938, the film shows a type of exodus that would become massive at the time of the "Retirada" (Retreat) in 1939.
A brief glimpse, a woman photographer appears on the screen for a few seconds during which we see the soldiers gather to pose for her camera. As the director René Billère was a neighbour of the Alix photographic studio in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, she could be Jeanne Eyssalet, granddaughter of the founder Alice Eyssalet, or an employee.
The extract ends with the passing of a train loaded with refugees.
- Billère, René
- 00 : 02 : 21
- Excerpt from [Guitton family film: bullfighting, Spanish refugees, women's sports, Tour de France]. Total length of the film : 00 : 17: 00
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