El Caso Pinochet

Overview

Having a made a name for himself with a trilogy of documentaries about Salvador Allende's brief socialist revolution and Pinochet's ensuing putsch called The Battle for Chile -- considered classics of Latin American cinema -- Patricio Guzman continues with his obsession the former Chilean dictator and his ignoble fall from grace. Having been forced from Chile by Pinochet thirty years previous, Guzman recounts Pinochet's arrest, extradition trial in Britain and his own brush with Pinochet. Guzman sets out to ...
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Overview

Having a made a name for himself with a trilogy of documentaries about Salvador Allende's brief socialist revolution and Pinochet's ensuing putsch called The Battle for Chile -- considered classics of Latin American cinema -- Patricio Guzman continues with his obsession the former Chilean dictator and his ignoble fall from grace. Having been forced from Chile by Pinochet thirty years previous, Guzman recounts Pinochet's arrest, extradition trial in Britain and his own brush with Pinochet. Guzman sets out to recreate a document that proves that the former military strong man was the war criminal a Spanish court accused him of being. He interviews victims of Pinochet's reign of terror, both survivors of medieval torture tactics and relatives of the almost 1200 "disappeared." As Guzman documents, Pinochet was sent home by British Prime Minister Tony Blair for health reasons after 503 days of detainment, only to find himself facing a Chilean court and house arrest at home. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
The Pinochet Case almost seems like three different intertwined movies. One is a deliberately paced, meditative film characterized by uncomfortable stretches of silence that force the viewer to stare into people's faces or at the physical landscape; one is a standard talking heads documentary characterized by harrowing accounts by people, most of them women, who were torture victims or relatives of victims; and one is a well-researched, straightforward account of the attempts to prosecute Pinochet. The account of Pinochet's arrest and extradition trial is tightly paced, fact filled, and has a strong sense of forward narrative momentum, which makes a somewhat jarring contrast to the slower portions of the documentary. However, director Patricio Guzman doesn't lose sight of his theme of how people try to erase and fight over memory, nor does he lose his sense of outrage over the atrocities committed under Pinochet's rule. This is definitely an anti-Pinochet film, although Guzman does give a bit of time to the viewpoint of Pinochet's supporters. Guzman couldn't get everyone he wanted to speak in the film; for example, Spanish Judge Grazon could not speak about a case in progress and Pinochet's five lawyers declined to be interviewed. But the documentary does manage to cover a lot of ground and provides a good understanding of the issues involved in Pinochet's case.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2012
  • UPC: 854565001466
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Icarus Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,871

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Patricio Guzmán Director, Screenwriter
Jacques Bouquin Cinematographer
Yves Jeanneau Producer
Claudio Martinez Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pinochet Case
1. North of Chile, 2001 [7:23]
2. 1973, the Coup d' État [2:36]
3. The Forced Disappearances [4:11]
4. Spain, 1996: the Solidarity Process [6:46]
5. The Judicial Machinery in Motion [5:15]
6. Victoria [2:00]
7. Nelly [2:41]
8. Gabriela [5:35]
9. Luisa [6:06]
10. September 1998, Pinochet in London [17:39]
11. Cecilia [3:41]
12. Ofelia [3:06]
13. Santiago [2:31]
14. Gladys [5:32]
15. September 1999, London: Extradition Trial [13:22]
16. Pinochet's Return to Chile [5:29]
17. The Work of Judge Guzmán [12:33]
18. Credits [2:55]
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Disc #1 -- Pinochet Case
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