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Pedro Chaskel (screenplay)
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18 March 1975 (Cuba) See more »
The chronicle of the political tension in Chile in 1973 and of the violent counter revolution against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. | Add synopsis »
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Salvador Allende ... Himself (archive footage)
Abilio Fernández ... Himself - Narrador

Directed by
Patricio Guzmán 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jose Bartolome  screenplay
Pedro Chaskel  screenplay
Federico Elton  screenplay
Julio García Espinosa  screenplay
Patricio Guzmán  screenplay

Produced by
Chris Marker .... producer
Cinematography by
Jorge Müller Silva 
Film Editing by
Pedro Chaskel 
Production Management
Federico Elton .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jose Bartolome .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jacinto Falcón .... sound transfer
Carlos Fernández .... sound mixer
Bernardo Menz .... sound
Special Effects by
Ricardo Lopez .... special effects
Eusebio Ortiz .... special effects
Jorge Pucheux .... special effects
Delia Quesada .... special effects
Alberto Valdés .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Ricardo Lopez .... visual effects
Eusebio Ortiz .... visual effects
Jorge Pucheux .... visual effects
Delia Quesada .... visual effects
Alberto Valdés .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Leonardo Henrichsen .... camera operator
Other crew
Pablo de la Barra .... production equipment
Jorge Müller Silva .... in memory of


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Primera parte: La insurreción de la burguesía" - Venezuela (original title)
"The Battle of Chile: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie" - Sweden (English title) (imdb display title)
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97 min | USA:191 min
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Did You Know?

French filmmaker Chris Marker sent film stock to Guzman to complete this film after the U.S. pulled supplies due to ideological differences. He told Guzman that what he was trying to do was insane.See more »
Salvador Allende:History is ours, and the people make it to build a better society.See more »


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one of the greatest films i have ever seen, 15 October 2005
Author: patrick parker from montreal (where kisses go when they die)

there is little i can say to describe how unbelievably affecting i find this film series.

first, the history of these films is pretty interesting. assembled from reams of film taken during the period (including significant bits from chris marker), the majority was shot by a crew that came to chile to document what they anticipated being the first ever democratic transition to socialism. what they ended up producing, of course, was a chronicle of the right-wing military coup that disembowelled salvador allende's government.

this documentary is composed entirely of first hand footage, and as such, it takes us behind the facade, into the halls of power, as it were. and what we discover there is both inspiring and heart-breaking: naive intellectuals working in good faith to solve problems that they don't realize arise by direct design of their parliamentary and military enemies; bright eyed cabinet ministers entreating the population not to raise arms, despite the military's obvious coup prepartions; right-wing generals, loyal to allende's government for no other reason than their own honor, being arrested or tracked down and assassinated by the junta; the final unrepetant speech allende delivers on national radio, a glorious epitaph to a life dedicated to freedom and resistance, delivered as military jets reduce the presidential palace to rubble.

this is a documentary for those who wish to learn or to remember, to reflect on a historical moment when another way seemed possible, when people fought for the things they believed in, and when washington didn't even have to justify overturning a regime (or co-ordinating the coup, as it has now been proved they did in this case).

there are very few films that can achieve anything even approaching the relevance, the poignancy and the vision found here. if you can find these films, i suggest you take the four or five hours, and acquaint yourself with this tragic history telling itself.

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