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Bananas (movie)

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Bananas is a film by Woody Allen (screenplay by Woody Allen and Mickey Rose; directed by Woody Allen. United Artists, 1971).
Guillermo Aveledo Coll, 12 Augustus 2000

San Marcos

[San Marcos]
image by James Dignan and Guillermo Aveledo Coll, 19 November 2014

The flag of the fictional Republic of San Marcos is a lone white star on a black vertical band on the hoist side (like Texas) and a white-yellow-white horizontal tricolor from this black band to the fly.
Guillermo Aveledo Coll, 12 Augustus 2000

The white star is upside down. The flag appears several times in one of the last scenes, as a group of revolutionaries in the small central-american banana-republic of San Marcos takes over the power and shoots (nicely, and with the help of Allen's character) the previous power-holders. The star is not upright. I'm positive of this, at least where one scene is concerned, and I suppose in other scenes the same thing happened, since it seemed to me that those were not really flags but painted bits of cardboard, or something like that … the "flags" were not flying, but were displayed as if attached to a sort of palisade in the firing field.
Jorge Candeias, 1 January 2003

I've just been watching the film, and noticed that the central stripe of the flag is not bright yellow, but a dull, pale orange-yellow (sort of caramel colour).
James Dignan, 19 January 2013