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Salvador Allende (2004)

Salvador Allende , Patricio Guzman  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Salvador Allende
  • Directors: Patricio Guzman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Icarus Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LDEH60
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,698 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A haunting exploration of the Allende paradox... deserves to be widely seen. --Andrew O'Hehir,

Poetic and powerful! --Screen International

Intimate and distanced, the tribute, far from being stiff, is carried on the melancholy breath of History. --Premiere

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A leftist revolutionary or a reformist democrat? A committed Marxist or a constitutionalist politician? An ethical and moral man or, as Richard Nixon called him, a "son of a bitch"? In SALVADOR ALLENDE, acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán (The Battle of Chile and Chile, Obstinate Memory) returns to his native country thirty years after the 1973 military coup that overthrew Chile's Popular Unity government to examine the life of its leader, Salvador Allende, both as a politician and a man. Using rare archival footage, family photos, interviews with Allende's friends, professional colleagues, his daughters and other relatives as well as UP militants, workers, journalists, his personal secretary and Edward Korry, former U.S. Ambassador to Chile, SALVADOR ALLENDE portrays the life, times and political formation of the Valparaiso-born doctor who was active in Socialist Party politics as a senator and who ran unsuccessfully for President three times before finally being elected in 1970. The film focuses on the tumultuous three years following Allende's election, and the declaration of his socialist program, "la via chilena," which nationalized large-scale industries and began an agrarian reform program. Former U.S. Ambassador Korry provides an insider's account of President Nixon and Henry Kissinger's determination to thwart Allende, but he is unrepentant about the CIA-sponsored coup that overthrew the Chilean government. In a lively debate, former UP militants argue over Allende's failure to defend the government, especially his failure to arm and mobilize a people's militia as a counterforce to the army, in the period leading up to the coup. SALVADOR ALLENDE also reveals little-known, more intimate aspects of the man, with moving personal reminiscences of his sense of humor, his remarkable energy, personal charisma and popular political appeal. Through archival footage and eyewitness and participant accounts, the film re-creates the military assault on the Moneda, Allende's last radio broadcast to the people of Chile, and rare photos and footage documenting the final actions of Allende and his staff on that day, including his suicide. Guzmán's personalized voice-over commentary provides a compelling narrative thread for this political biography, one which, in his attempt to understand the impact of Allende on his own life and his nation's political history, also serves to illuminate this controversial and inspirational public figure for an international audience.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sharp Portrait Of An Icon And A Reflection On Memory. September 6, 2011
Patricio Guzman, Chile's poet-documentarian, remains haunted and riveted by what happened in his country during the revolutionary years of Salvador Allende's administration and the US-backed fascist coup which ended it. Guzman has been chronicling the Chilean Revolution and its tragic end since the beginning, having made the best documentary on the subject, "The Battle Of Chile" which ranks with the great political films like "The Battle Of Algiers" and "Z." With "Salvador Allende" Guzman produces both a detailed, sharp portrait of a key Latin American icon and a haunting reflection on memory, exile and the passage of time.

Guzman's film begins with the remaining objects which belonged to Allende, his hands search through a wallet and we see behind museum glass Allende's fractured glasses, found after the Chilean army's coup plotters bombed the presidential palace. Guzman interviews both exiles who fled the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship which followed Allende's downfall and artists and poets who bravely stayed in Chile, refusing to forget. These are powerful moments with universal relevance on leaving one's home, feeling time pass and things change, and the pain of memories full of both hope and tragedy. Guzman then embarks on chronicling Allende's life which was naturally pulled into the greater arena of recent Chilean history. Mixing rare footage of the man himself, rare photos and epic shots from "The Battle Of Chile," Guzman forms the portrait of a brilliant politician with a powerful utopian vision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The true story of Salvador Allende February 15, 2013
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Some years have passed since I first read the story of this wonderful man in William Blum's book 'Rogue State'. A book that led me to so many historic events which were opposite to what the media and it's puppeteers were telling us.
He was the predecessor to Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Lula of Brazil, Evo Morales of Bolivia, the Kirchners of Argentina and other new leaders of Latin America who are looking after their own economies without being indebted to the IMF or World Bank, who with their crippling interest rates have broken the lives of citizens and bankrupted entire countries, ie Spain, Ireland and Greece.
This documentary I found enlightening and I was most impressed to see so much original footage. Anyone who truly wants to reach back into the history of Latin America should read 'Open Veins of Latin America'; this along with Neruda's poems are the only books Isabel Allende, niece of Salvador took with her wrapped in her baby's nappies, in the one suitcase she was allowed to escape with that terrifying day when her uncle died - 11th of September 1973 [9/11/73]
The DVD arrived safely and was well wrapped as have been all the books and DVDs I have bought from amazon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best video source for a left view of Allende April 9, 2012
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Watch it! Best video source for a left view of Allende, helps to give a balanced approach without surrendering to the other side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing film November 13, 2013
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This is an amazing documentary that does full justice to Allende. Using historical footage fascinating interviews and Guzman/s own voiceover it's incredibly well put together. A compelling film.
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