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The Battle of Chile Film Marathon

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The Battle of Chile
Patricio Guzmán, director


The Battle of Chile Film Marathon
NEW YORK  •  Maysles Cinema  •  Ongoing

Three rare marathon screenings of the documentary by Patricio Guzmán, The Battle of Chile, will take place for September 11, the anniversary of the Chilean military coup. The film brings viewers into the Chilean political conflict and 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.

Friday 10 September at 7:30 pm
Saturday 11 September at 3:00 pm
Sunday 12 September at 3:00 pm

The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie (Part 1) 1975, 96 min.
Patricio Guzman, director

The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie examines the escalation of rightist opposition following the left's unexpected victory in Congressional elections held in March, 1973. Finding that democracy would not stop Allende's socialist policies, the right-wing shifted its tactics from the polls to the streets. The film follows months of activity as a variety of increasingly violent tactics are used by the right to weaken the government and provoke a crisis.

Friday 10 September at 9:15 pm
Saturday 11 September at 4:45 pm
Sunday 12 September at 4:45 pm

The Coup d'Etat (Part 2), 1976, 88 min
Patricio Guzman, director

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.

Saturday 11 September at 7:10 pm
Sunday 12 September at 7:10 pm

The Power of the People (Part 3), 1978, 78 min.
Patricio Guzman, director

The Power of the People deals with the creation by ordinary workers and peasants of thousands of local groups of "popular power" to distribute food, occupy, guard and run factories and farms, oppose black market profiteering, and link together neighborhood social service organizations. First these local groups of "popular power" acted as a defense against strikes and lock-outs by factory owners, tradesmen and professional bodies opposed to the Allende government, then increasingly as Soviet-type bodies demanding more resolute action by the government against the right.

Maysles Institue Website

Contact: Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Avenue
between 127th & 128th Streets
New York, NY
Tel: (1) 212 582 60 50

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