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Patricio Guzman's acclaimed documentary trilogy about the 1973 coup against Salvador Allende is, above all, a triumph of popular reporting. The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie (1975) gets going with a fascinating 16-minute sequence shot on March 4, 1973, the day of the parliamentary election that was widely viewed as a referendum on Allende's socialist programs. Guzman shows up at a parade for the left-wing Popular Unity party, where a variety of working-class people testify to the better conditions they've enjoyed under Allende. That night, when the media predict a win for the right-wing National Party, Guzman races along lines of honking cars to record the drivers' elation. In fact, the voters have solidly endorsed Allende; and in the following months, as Guzman explains in a series of chapters, the right uses various tactics to destabilize the government: hoarding and black marketing basic necessities, pulling private buses out of the public transport system, fomenting student disturbances at universities, mounting a strike against the nationalized copper mines, and using its slim parliamentary majority to indict Allende's ministers. In Spanish with subtitles.
Director: Patricio Guzman

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