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Salvador Allende (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 5 September 2007 (USA)
From his childhood in Valparaiso to his death during the Pinochet military coup on September 11, 1973, the life and works of Chilean president Salvador Allende.

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Patricio Guzmán
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Salvador Allende ... Himself (archive footage)
Patricio Guzmán ... Narrator (voice)
Jacques Bidou Jacques Bidou ... Narrator (voice)
Alejandro Gonzáles Alejandro Gonzáles ... Himself (as Alejandro 'Mono' Gonzáles)
Ema Malig Ema Malig ... Herself
Anita Anita ... Herself
Victor Pey Victor Pey ... Himself
Sergio Vuskovic Sergio Vuskovic ... Himself
Edward Korry Edward Korry ... Himself (as Edward M. Korry)
Isabel Allende Bussi Isabel Allende Bussi ... Herself - Salvador Allende's Daughter (as Isabel Allende)
Ernesto Salamanca Ernesto Salamanca ... Himself
Carmen Paz Carmen Paz ... Herself
Claudina Nuñez Claudina Nuñez ... Herself
Volodia Teitelboim Volodia Teitelboim ... Himself
Carlos Pino Carlos Pino ... Himself
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From his childhood in Valparaiso to his death during the Pinochet military coup on September 11, 1973, the life and works of Chilean president Salvador Allende.

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Santiago, Chile

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don't expect to learn too much about Allende and his time
19 October 2007 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

28 years before 9/11, there was another 9/11 which represented a key date in the history of Chile, South America and the whole world. This was the date in 1973 when a bloody coup in Chile deposed Salvador Allende the first Marxist president elected democratically anywhere in the world and put an end to the Chilean experiment of a democratic transition from capitalism to socialism. Allende committed suicide when the armed forces attacked the presidential palace.

Unfortunately this film is too biased and too nostalgic towards the time of Allende's rule to be an objective rendition of the man and of his place in history. The times were troubled and Allende was a disputed figure in the history of his country and of the whole world. True, he was democratically elected, but his policies plunged Chile into economic crisis. He was deposed by a coup and a right-wing dictatorship followed with repression and flagrant human rights abuses, but he was also an ally of Castro who saw in his policies another way of making revolution. We'll never know if his tentative to build a socialist yet democratic society would have succeeded. The authors of the movie take a completely pro-Allende position, there is no opinion or point of view trying to explain the other side, to answer questions like why did the middle class oppose him, or how his democratic views could go together with supporting or being supported by Castro. The tone of the commentaries is nostalgic and apologetic, almost propagandistic. People who want to get a better understanding of this episode of the history need to wait for a more balanced and objective film or book in the future.


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