On September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende's democratically elected Chilean government was overthrown in a bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet's army.
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
Not only the best film about Allende and the coup d'etat, but among the best documentary films ever made, changing our concepts of political documentary within a framework accessible to the widest audience. --Time Out Film Guide
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