The Battle of Chile Parts 1-3
Vying for status as one of the most important works in political filmmaking history, Patricio Guzmán's three-part film chronicles the cataclysmic events surrounding Chile's military coup of 1973.
Cinéma vérité at its most urgent, the compiled footage is all first-hand, shot with a freedom afforded by political instability. This freedom, however, was tempered with extreme danger, resulting in one of Guzmán's cameramen being shot dead as he filmed (the now-famous footage is included in the final cut).
Part 1: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie (1975, 96 mins) documents the rise of the right-wing movement against Allende, while Part 2: The Coup d'etat (1976, 88 mins) chronicles the events immediately surrounding the CIA-supported coup itself.
Guzmán's final instalment, Part 3: The Power of the People (1979, 78 mins), shifts from covering the actions of Allende's opponents to those who battled to revive and promote their toppled leader's vision for a new Chile.