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Synopsis

Vicente Blasco Ibáñez wrote the novel The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from autumn 1915 to spring 1916 while the Allied Forces were fighting the advance of the German empire at the Battle of the Marne in World War I.

We hear Blasco Ibáñez, in his study in rue Rennequin in Paris, as he writes his newspaper articles and describes his state of mind, his conflicts with his editors, his meeting with the President of France – who made it possible for him to go to the battle fronts at the Marne and Reims, the price he paid for his ideas, and how he orchestrated the writing of his novel.

We see how a T.V. producer, charged with commemorating the start of WWI, set out to unravel the tangle of opinions, documents and images surrounding this author. Accomplishing this required much research and conducting interviews with all of the people connected to the 1921 and 1962 movie adaptations, as well as with scholars who specialize in the works of Blasco Ibáñez. It also required filming on location in Valencia, London, Paris, Los Angeles.

Against a final cut collage of images of WWI and WWII and a vast amount of documentation, we witness a story that focuses on the contradictory opinions surrounding this author and on the decisions needed to judge such a controversial and passionate author with both objectivity and impartiality.

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