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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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  (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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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, moving, well-shot, 29 November 1999
Author: François Lavallée ( from Québec, Québec, Canada

Not only is the subject interesting but the way the movie has been directed too. The film is built around parallels between today (1997) and Salvador Allende's time in Chile (1970-1973), including Pinochet's coup d'état. We see many people, many places, then and now (Patricio Guzmán was a filmmaker in Chile at that time). We hear all the way Guzmán's uncle trying to play Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata with his 80-year-old fingers and his failing memory, which gives a special color to the whole film. We also hear many thoughtful reflections from interesting people about memory. The final part, where we can see students watching the documentary about Allende's time and the coup, and learn and reflect about the history of their own country, is very moving.

One must say however that the way Allende's experience is presented is one-sided. People are correct when they say that Allende and his supporters had a dream about democracy and justice, but nowhere is there any hint that at the time of the coup, the country had been in a social and economic chaos for two years because of Allende's poor results as a government. Of course, that can't excuse Pinochet's regime, but it could have added a useful dimension to the whole story. Anyway, the movie is not an apology for Allende as much as a reflection about remembering painful personal and collective events after almost a quarter of a century.

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