Battle of Chile: Coup D'etat (Part 2)
Introduced by Chilean artist and musician Christian Torres-Roje
The Coup d'Etat (Part 2)
Dir. Patricio Guzman, 1976, 88 min, Chile/France/Cuba
The Coup d'Etat opens with the attempted military coup of June, 1973 which is put down by troops loyal to the government. It serves as a useful dry run, however, for the final showdown, that everyone now realizes is coming. The film shows a left divided over strategy, while the right methodically lays the groundwork for the military seizure of power. The film's dramatic concluding sequence documents the coup d'etat, including Allende's last radio messages to the people of Chile, footage of the military assault on the presidential palace, and that evening's televised presentation of the new military junta.
Don't miss out on Part 1 and 3 of this exciting trilogy playing at Maysles Cinema September 10th through 12th:
"The Battle of Chile by Patricio GuzmÃ¡n is an overwhelming and admirable documentary of a country thrown into chaos with the inevitability of a Greek tragedy."
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, USA 1978
Three rare marathon screenings of the legendary documentary by Patricio Guzman, The Battle of Chile, will take place for September 11, the anniversary of the Chilean military coup. A landmark in documentary history, this remarkable film brings viewers into the Chilean political conflict. The film includes one of cinema's most famous shots: a cameraman who captures his own murder on film. Often discussed but little-seen, The Battle of Chile has been newly restored and released on DVD by Icarus Films. In this remarkable event, it will shown in complete marathon screenings.
Part of the monthly series "Documentaries in Bloom" curated by Livia Bloom.
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