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Patricio Guzmán and five colleagues had been filming the political developments in Chile throughout the nine months leading up to that day. The bombing of the Presidential Palace, in which Allende died, would now become the ending for Guzmán's seminal documentary The Battle of Chile (1975-76), an epic chronicle of that country's open and peaceful socialist revolution, and of the violent counter-revolution against it.
This 4-disc set includes:
- The Battle of Chile - Part One: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie
- The Battle of Chile - Part Two: The Coup d'Etat
- The Battle of Chile - Part Three: The Power of the People
- Chile,Obstinate Memory, documentary by Patricio Guzman
- A 22 minute filmed interview with Patricio Guzman
- A booklet with texts and reviews, including Pauline Kael's from The New Yorker
Great films rarely arrive as unheralded as The Battle of Chile. --Pauline Kael, The New Yorker
An exultant depiction of people becoming politicized and taking charge of their own destinies, responding ingeniously to further acts of oppression and attempting to reorganize every aspect of their lives along communal lines. --The Los Angeles Times
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"The Battle Of Chile" begins midway through the administration of Allende, who made history by becoming the world's first elected Marxist president. Guzman and his crew introduce us to Allende's Chile just as the population prepares to vote in a crucial parliamentary election. Allende is determined to show the world that a socialist transformation can be carried out through democratic, peaceful means and so his project is hampered by a system ruled by an old oligarchy and corporate elites. Guzman and his editors do a great job balancing intimate portraits of Chilean citizens and their concerns, hopes and dreams along with sharp reporting on political developments as right-wing members of congress work hard to derail all of Allende's progressive reforms. The opening of "Part 1" is fascinating as Guzman walks around the capital of Santiago interviewing average citizens and asking who they will vote for and why. He shows us both sides of the debate as working class Chileans express their support for Allende and his social reforms and upper class Chileans spew venomous hatred for the government.Read more ›
On September 11, 1973, the Chilean air force bombed the national palace and the army fired on it, completely destroying the building and killing Allende.
This thorough documentary by Patricio Guzman, banned in Chile until 1997, tells this story and the aftermath, when Augusto Pinochet, the military dictator, began herding up suspected leftists, killed them and buried them in unmarked graves. They were known as "the disappeared".
Why were Fidel, Che and the Sandinistas right? Because they all believed that the US would never permit a socialist elected in a free election to hold power.
In the late 1960's and early 1970's there were arguments that if people want to effect change, they should "use the system" or "work within the system" rather than trying to overthrow "the system." The Allende regime was a test case of trying to build a socialist society using the machinery of parliamentary democracy. Up to that time, Chile had a democratic government for over a century with only one two-year period of military rule. As the working class began to implement change, with increased electoral success, the wealthy engineered a coup, resulting in fifteen years of tyranny, torture, murder, concentration camps.
This is an important document for students of political science and for others with an interest in the debate over how social change can be effected. Although Guzman's sympathies were with the Allendists, his film presents facts and events and typical incidents which allow the viewer to come to her own conclusions about what mistakes were made by the people involved.
Director Patricio Guzmán is clearly sympathetic to the cause of the Popular Unity (the left wing alliance 1970-1973) and bias in material presented show, but this is understandable given the nature of the Pinochet junta and its human rights abuses. From a centrist viewpoint, however, there are some things that should be pointed out - Salvador Allende received only 37% of the vote in September 1970, so the claim that he was 'democratically' elected is quite tenuous - constitutionally, sure. This point is downplayed. The negative consequences of his economic policies (without consideration of the US sanctions) such as 140% inflation in 1972 and a huge deterioration in the country's trade balance, get ignored. Allende didn't just nationalize the land holdings of big agriculturalists, all farms above a mere 80 hectares or 200 acres were nationalized. Experience in countries such as Russia, Ukraine and most recently Zimbabwe show that this is disastrous.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"La Battalla de Chile" is listed no. 19 on BFI's "Sight and Sound Magazine" poll of Greatest Documentaries. The images and interviews are fascinating and precise. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ADI
Incredibly well done. This documentary takes you back the tragic events the led to the coup overthrowing the first democratically elected Socialist president in the Americas. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Aias Cienfuegos
Missed by many reviewers are the facts revealed in the documentary that the Allende government and its Marxist backers never had the support of the majority (the congressional... Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Boetius
This four CD set takes a lot of time but it is time well spent if you want to understand Chile before the Pinochet Coup. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by John D. Klingel
Viewing this movie you see a lot of similarities with what is happening in Venezuela. But the similarities are just in the appearance. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Jaime A. Franco
I haven't had a chance to watch it all yet. I've wanted this film for a long time. It was worth the wait. What a fantastic edition. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Terry Popp
It's really a good documentary, long footage of a
historical event! worth the wait, to have a personal
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