KAVI print, English version (Black Sun), deposit from an unreleased Adams-Filmi import print without subtitles, the 105 min version, viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki (Thriller Sweden), 30 May 2014
The action takes place in Spain in 1965.
Arne Mattsson had the ambition to make a political drama about the violent repression during Franco's regime in Spain. There is a strike of 400 workers in Santa Margerita, and they need weapons. The fisherman brothers Santiago and Ramon smuggle weapons in their fish shipments. But the transport fails, and there is a bloody and brutal mass execution of the striking workers, and women are executed sadistically with blowtorches pointed between their legs.
Complication ensues as a Nordic couple, Dan and Siglinde, together with a German, Willi, come to stay in the village, and one evening they bathe nude in the sea, confusing the fisherman brothers. Ramon kills Dan, Santiago kills Siglinde, and Willi takes vengeance by killing Ramon. The police kills Santiago as he tries to escape. The police has found out that they are gun smugglers.
The political drama fails to move, and the result is unfortunately mainly a piece of exploitation. The characters are bland, and the English dubbing sounds impersonal. Gone is the mastery of Arne Mattsson that seemed to keep growing at least until the 1960s.
The vintage print has not been used, but the colour has started to fade.