A dynamic documentary on Latin America's most renowned poet, Pablo Neruda (1904-1973). Neruda was a public poet, statesman, activist, and Nobel Laureate who attained mythic stature in his lifetime. An incurable romantic, incorrigible womanizer, and unrepentant militant communist, Neruda's contradictions found poetic expression in an aching lyricism and potent political verse. He invented a new poetic voice, distinctively Americano, rooted in Latin America's native cultures and untamed geography. Neruda wrested poetry from the rarified atmosphere of the salon and gave it to the people, a communal voice rooted in oral tradition, fired by raw passion and the struggle for justice. "Poetry is like bread," he wrote. "It should be shared by all, by scholars and peasants, by all our vast, incredible, extraordinary family of Man." Compelling biography represents an idea larger than its individual subject-in the case of Neruda, the theme of el deber del poeta, the poet's calling. For Neruda, ... Written by
Winner of the Latin American Studies Assc. Award of Merit in Film (2004)
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And so he became a poet of peace. In great measure. And I think that's how we must remember him, of love and peace and of fury as well because threre's a great deal of anger in Neruda because of the waste, the way we have wasted our planet. The way we have devastated the lives of so many people. And that hurt him enormously. And yet, he was always full of the most extraordinary optimism.