- Published on Thursday, 02 August 2012 12:09
Thursday, 2nd August 2012, 8:00 PM
"The Hour of the Furnaces"
Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino
The film, released in 1968, is a three-part, four-hour-plus indictment of the neocolonialist exploitation of Argentina, an account of the failure of Peronism to satisfactorily confront it, and a call for violent Marxist revolution. One of the film's major preoccupations is the treason of the country's liberal intellectuals, so infatuated with the "eternal" virtues of European culture that they become instruments of its reactionary colonialist ideology. The film is then marked by Solanas and Gentino's attempt to find a uniquely Argentinean, legitimately Marxist form. The result is a stirring, furious mixture of didactic historical essay, Eisensteinian montage, interview, vérité factory scenes, long blocks of text, and a handful of brief narrative excursions. Their project necessitated a film that could not be casually consumed — taking their cue from Frantz Fanon's remark "every spectator is either a coward or a traitor", which appears on screen, they intended to incite debate and action. To this end, the film is presented in the three parts, the third of which ends with a command to continue to the conversation it has started. By uniondocs.org
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