La Guerra Gaucha (The Gaucho War) is based on the famous epic poem by Leopoldo Lugones. Set in the years between 1840 and 1880, the film focuses on the efforts by the Argentine gauchos (cowboys) to rebel against the occupying Spanish armies. This movement culminates in bloody, tragic clashes between gauchos and soldiers in Alta Peru and Salta. The narrative is tied together by the courage and resourcefulness of guerilla leader Captain Miranda, beautifully enacted by Francisco Perrone. Made with the full cooperation of the Argentine Army, La Guerra Gaucha scored as both popular entertainment and an intensely patriotic morale-booster.
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