One outstanding 4-hr documentary film about the struggle of Latin American in fighting imperialistic and neocolonialistic forces. Its exposition of the history of civil resistance in the region is immensely detailed and ideologically grounded exposing fist hand accounts of impunity, violence and overt oppression of Argentine government. Truly the leading film of the Third cinema movement!
For those in Los Angeles, this four hour Masterpiece will be shown Saturday, March 19 at 2:00 pm at LACMA, followed by another great film, Straub and Huillets, "The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach" at 7:30pm; what an intersting double-bill :)
Monumental documentary about the long and tortuous history of dispossession. Spanning 4 centuries of Latin American dependence economies, this visual tour de force uses militant voice-over, amazing editing of footage from famine, sickness, deprivation, military/police violence and mingles these with cultural monuments and images of consumer imperialism. The result is dumbfounding, mobilizing mind, senses, soul.
Whatever you think of the message, many sequences are brilliantly conceived and assembled. This is a rare bird: sophisticated, didactic leftist filmmaking that might have real world efficacy. (This is only for Part 1. I have yet to see the others.)
As someone with little knowledge of this particular time in Latin-Americas History the quite expansive exposition in the first hour was in all honesty a little bit overwhelming at first. Same goes for the transportation of the message where the word "propaganda" comes to mind. But thats the whole point, the Hour of the Furnaces is a machine gun aimed at your chest, ready to fire, hit and affect you. And it worked!
Wow! This is basically a long, fluent political essay although there's nothing basic about it. It is a desperate call for revolution and for the necessary armed struggle to achieve it. It provides a comprehensive outlook on Argentine society and on its turbulent political history. Some of the filmed footage is remarkable. On the whole, this is perhaps the very height of political cinema.
Quite an important film, formally more than anything else. Embodies all the essential 'tropes' of Latin American radical filmmaking. In that regard, it is a representative film of the 'genre' despite it's slogan mongering ambitions. Yes, I would happily choose a Marker or even a Kramer over this, but nevertheless a very important film. I will love Solanas though for the feature films he made later.