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The Hour of the Furnaces ( La hora de los hornos ) ( La hora de los hornos: Notas y testimonios sobre el neocolonialismo, la violencia y la liberación )

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B002J5EA3C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. O. Fattorini on May 6, 2012
Fernando Ezequiel Solanas, born in 1936, took the Argentine cinema world by storm with his his first feature film La Hora de los Hornos (The Hour of the Furnaces, co-directed in 1968 with Octavio Getino). The film is a magnificent documentary on neocolonialism, violence and exploitation in Latin America, in fact a revisionist take on the whole history of the region. Filmed and shown clandestinely during a military dictatorship, the film grabs your attention to the last minute in spite of its length (260 minutes). I still remember the deep impression left on me after viewing it in Los Angeles in 1969. The film won several international awards and was screened around the world.

Solanas was a founder of the Grupo Cine Liberación. This group proposed a new path for Argentine cinema, independent of, or opposite to the studio system (which had a rich history in Argentina, beginning in the silent era) and of the "auteur", heavily intellectual, European inspired movement that took hold in the period 1956-1975. Together with Getino, Solanas wrote the manifesto "Toward a Third Cinema" which inspired film makers in developing countries in South America and other regions for many years.

Solanas went on to film many other outstanding documentaries (the last in 2011) dealing mostly with recent Latin American history such as the plunder of Argentine resources in the 1990s by local and foreign capital and on its consequence, the implosion of the Argentine economy in 2001 under the weight of an unsustainable foreign debt. His work attained international recognition; he won the Special Jury Award and the Critics Award at Venice, Best Director Palm at Cannes and a special Golden Bear at Berlin.
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