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After decades of fascist rule in Chile, Patricio Guzman returns to his country to screen his documentary... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Fascinating look at the politics of memory and spellbinding story of Chile See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)

Patricio Guzmán ... Narrator (voice)
Vincent Davy ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hortensia Allende ... Herself (widow of Salvador Allende) (as Hortensia Bussi)
José Balmes ... Himself (painter)
Carlos Flores del Pino ... Himself (film-maker) (as Carlos Flores)
Ernesto Malbran ... Himself (professor) (also archive footage)
Rodolfo Müller ... Himself (father of Jorge Muller Silva)
Pablo Perelman ... Himself (film-maker)
Alvaro Undurraga ... Himself (doctor)
Ignacio Valenzuela ... Himself (uncle of Patricio Guzmán)
Carmen Vivanco ... Herself

Salvador Allende ... Himself (in film The Battle of Chile) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Patricio Guzmán 
Produced by
Yves Jeanneau .... producer
Éric Michel .... producer
Original Music by
Robert M. Lepage 
Cinematography by
Éric Pittard 
Pablo Saura 
Film Editing by
Hélène Girard 
Isabel Allende .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Chile, la memoria obstinada" - Canada (original title)
"Chile, Obstinate Memory" - Canada (English title)
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59 min

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating look at the politics of memory and spellbinding story of Chile, 7 June 2005
Author: alli1976 from United States

Wow I had to write in when I read the last review. Saying this movie is a one-sided view of Allende's government is a bit like saying Schindler's List isn't critical enough of Jews during WWII. Its just NOT what the movie is about -- its about how memory can do things politically - both through its repression (keeping a whole generation of Chilean kids in the dark about Pinochet) and its revelation. I saw this in a public theater during a Latin American film festival and I've never seen such an enormous shared emotional reaction to a documentary. The scenes where Guzman (director) shows his earlier film, Batalla de Chile, to young Chileans whose parents told them that Allende was just a stupid commie -- when these kids see for themselves what really happened for the first time, and Guzman focuses the lens on the reactions on their faces - its just unforgettable. Rent it -- you wont regret it.

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