Patricio Guzmán's "The Pinochet Case."
cdbrady at attglobal.net
Wed Sep 11 13:28:03 MDT 2002
In some circles, 'el caso Pinochet' is known as el fracaso del caso
Viewers should make up their own minds about Guzmán's documentaries.
I think they are monumental and profound, incisive and provocative.
Nothing about that period can compare to La Batalla de Chile.
The most recent of his works is one chapter.
Many of the players live still on the streets and in the suites of
Chile. Many were tortured to death.
Guzmán offers a testament.
And a relic of hope.
But ample grounds for our determination.
Ironically, Guzmán's epics are not in the Blockbuster (bloke-booster)
video stores in Chile --even though when Rupert Murdochs pay-for-view
movie channel showed La Batalla de Chile over a series of nights in
the Spring of 2000 (October, if I recall), it broke all records there.
Guzmán's films are also hard to find in the USA. That is not so ironic.
You can try the local university library, but chances are that you will
be restricted to viewing the pricey movies in the library.
If you are wealthy or are in collective, heres the price list from the
last time I checked:
The Battle for Chile, La Batalla de Chile
273 minutes, 3 Parts, $775
Part I, 100 min.: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie
Part II, 91 min.: The Coup dÉtat
Part III, 82 min.: The Power of the People: positives on Allende
Parts I & II are $490; Part III $285
Obstinate Memory, Chile: La Memoria Ostinada
(sequel) 52 min., $390
Available from First Run/Icarus Films
Ref.: Latin American Video Archives (LAVA)
124 Washington Place
New York, NY 10014
Imre at igc.org
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