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Directed by Patrizio Guzman
Featuring Salvador Allende

"One from the heart, Salvador Allende is the Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman's plaintive look back at the rise and violent fall of the world's first democratically elected Marxist president." — New York Times

A leftist revolutionary or a reformist democrat? A committed Marxist or a constitutionalist politician? An ethical and moral man? Or, as Richard Nixon called him, a "son of a bitch"? In Salvador Allende, acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán (The Battle of Chile and Obstinate Memory) returns to his native country thirty years after the 1973 military coup that overthrew Chile's Popular Unity government to examine the life of its leader, Salvador Allende, both as a politician and a man.

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2004
OFFICIAL SELECTION
BARCELONA FILM AWARDS 2005
NOMINEE, BEST DOCUMENTARY

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Using rare archival footage, family photos, interviews with Allende's friends, professional colleagues, his daughters and other relatives as well as UP militants, workers, journalists, his personal secretary and Edward Korry, former U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Salvador Allende portrays the life, times and political formation of the Valparaiso-born doctor who was active in Socialist Party politics as a senator and who ran unsuccessfully for president three times before finally being elected in 1970.

The film focuses on the tumultuous three years following Allende's election, and the declaration of his socialist program, "la via Chilena," which nationalized large-scale industries and began an agrarian reform program. Former U.S. Ambassador Korry provides an insider's account of President Nixon and Henry Kissinger's determination to thwart Allende, but he is unrepentant about the CIA-sponsored coup that overthrew the Chilean government. In a lively debate, former UP militants argue over Allende's failure to defend the government, especially his failure to arm and mobilize a people's militia as a counterforce to the army, in the period leading up to the coupe.

Salvador Allende also reveals little-known, more intimate aspects of the man, with moving personal reminiscences of his sense of humor, his remarkable energy, personal charisma and popular political appeal. Through archival footage and eyewitness and participant accounts, the film re-creates the military assault on the Moneda, Allende's last radio broadcast to the people of Chile, and rare photos and footage documenting the final actions of Allende and his staff on that day, including his suicide.


SCREENINGS AND AWARDS

LIMA LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2004
WINNER! BEST DOCUMENTARY
BARCELONA FILM AWARDS 2005
NOMINEE, BEST DOCUMENTARY
GOYA AWARDS 2005
NOMINEE, GOYA, Best Documentary
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2004
OFFICIAL SELECTION
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2004
OFFICIAL SELECTION
SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2004
OFFICIAL SELECTION
SHEFFIELD DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2004
OFFICIAL SELECTION
PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2006
OFFICIAL SELECTION
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2005
OFFICIAL SELECTION
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL 2007
OFFICIAL SELECTION


SELECTED REVIEWS

"Excellent! Stirring!" — The Chicago Tribune

"Beloved by his country's Marxists, Christians, social democrats, and Fidel Castro—as well as despised by the right-wingers, middle class, and especially Richard Nixon (who reportedly called him an S.O.B. and a bastard)— the controversial Chilean president is ultimately painted sympathetically, and quite convincingly so, in this artful documentary. Richer than a mere posthumous portrait, the film is a wistful testimony to a faded political ideal..."
— The Village Voice

"Compelling and moving! Black-and-white film of the presidential palace being bombed to pieces goes without sound and is all the more powerful for it... The depth of Chile's and the world's loss is seen in Guzman's close-ups of the old men who were there and who live with their regret."
— The Hollywood Reporter

"A haunting exploration of the Allende paradox... deserves to be widely seen." — Salon.com

"Poetic and powerful." — Screen International

"Captivating! A beautiful testimony." — Le Figaroscope

"A formidable introduction to that period, among the darkest of the last century." — Ciné Live

"Intimate and distanced, the tribute, far from being stiff, is carried on the melancholy breath of History." — Premiere


FILM SPECIFICATIONS

Featuring: Salvador Allende
Director: Patricio Guzman
Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Subtitled
Language: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Icarus Films
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
Run Time: 100 minutes


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Read about Salvador Allende on Internet Movie Database.

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