Salvador Allende
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This documentary traces the life of determined Marxist-humanist revolutionary, Salvador Allende, delving into the supposed implication of the United States in the coup d'état.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Director] Guzman's film is filled with revelations that will disturb many, including U.S. involvement in the coup. If only Guzman had been more innovative in his presentation."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Mixing extensive archival footage and contemporary interviews with survivors of the era, the film gets across, quite powerfully, Allende's long courtship of the Chilean people."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Guzmán's 2004 documentary is not only full of historical detail, but is also suffused with lyricism and melancholy, beautifully shot and edited."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Excellent portrait of a tragic figure, who tried to defend the interests of working people while stopping short of abolishing the system that is responsible for their suffering."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"A documentary that is refreshing in both form and content."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
"One from the heart, Salvador Allende is a plaintive look back at the rise and violent fall of the world's first democratically elected Marxist president."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Patricio Guzman's 2004 biography of the Chilean president is less a conventional documentary than a cinematic act of mourning."
‑ Fred Camper, Chicago Reader
"Less effective as a portrait of Allende than it is as a commentary on the documentary medium itself-art as a means of resuscitating history."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"What the world knows of Chile in the 1970s, it knows through the films of Patricio Guzman."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The controversial Chilean president is ultimately painted sympathetically, and quite convincingly so, in this artful 2004 doc from Patricio Guzmán."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"It's a solid no-nonsense documentary."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A heartfelt documentary about the charismatic and idealist leader of Chile who sought to bring a fair and free world to his people."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Chilean Guzman captures the populist appeal of Allende's campaign and the fervor many of the people felt for the candidate."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
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