The Battle of Chile (1978)

The Battle of Chile
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 40mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords episodic, political
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Patricio Guzmán Director n/a 2 2000001
Chris Marker Producer n/a 3 3000001
Federico Elton Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Patricio Guzmán Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Chris Marker Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Jose Pino Assistant Director n/a 163 5000001
Jorge Muller-Silva Cinematographer cinematography 402 6000001
Pedro Chaskel Editor n/a 172 7000001
Bernardo Menz Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Chris Marker Production production collaborator 120824 25000001
"The Battle of Chile: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie" (1975) examines the escalation of rightist oppostion following the left's unexpected victory in Congressional elections held in March, 1973. Finding that parliamentary democracy would not stop Allende's socialist policies, the right-wing shifted its tactics from the polls to the streets. "The Battle of Chile: The Coup d'Etat" (1976) 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 which everyone now realizes is only a matter of time. The film shows a left divided over strategy, while the right methodically lays the groundwork for the military seizure of power. The third part, which documented the efforts of the workers to organize themselves into groups of "popular power," was completed two years later and released in 1978.