Hour of the Furnaces (1968) DVD La hora de los hornos: Notas y testimonios sobre el neocolonialismo, la violencia y la liberación (original title)Director: Fernando E. Solanas The title of this three-part agitprop documentary comes from a quote Che Guevara used to open what was to become his last public statement, the “Message to the Tricontinental”, in 1967: “It’s the hour of the furnaces and only the light shall be seen”. The author of the quote is José Martí, Cuba’s nineteenth century national hero. This double reference, to a revolutionary who died fighting Spanish colonialism, and to a revolutionary who had just died fighting neo-colonialism, cues the viewer to think of the parallelisms between contemporary liberation struggles and Latin American wars of independence in the nineteenth century; namely, a voluntarism and a nationalist anti-imperialism that effectively trumped other epistemological categories. In this regard, the film’s strong bias against validating questions of power that fall outside the realm of political economy is a reflection of its times. At the same time, however, this limitation should not blind us to the film’s greatest strength: the clear articulation of a revolutionary discourse through an equally revolutionary means of representation.Shot clandestinely between 1966 and 1968, during the initial stages of what would come to be known as Argentina’s infamous “dirty war”, the film was screened clandestinely as well, to sympathetic audiences of workers, anarchists and revolutionaries who would regularly interrupt the projection to discuss concepts and issues raised in the film. Given the limits of space, I will focus on only one of these themes, the relationship between violence and liberation, by calling attention to the central role that violence plays in the dialectical unfolding of the film’s three part narrative, a narrative where Part 1 corresponds to the thesis of the current status quo; Part 2 to a prolonged antithesis of Peronist struggle; and Part 3 to a soon-to-be-achieved synthesis. Through this dialectical structure, the film rearticulates violence not only as a Marxist would – that is, as a symptom of the changes in modes of production – but also as a Leninist and especially a Maoist would: as a tool to be actively wielded against an oppressive status quo in order to overthrow it.Almost all our catalog are Public Domain films. To Avoid Any Confusion , If you are not sure what a PUBLIC DOMAIN film is, then please ask any questions you may have before committing to an offer. This Listing violates NO Laws. Read below for more Copyright Information . The section of American copyright law known as “The Berne Act” clearly states: films unreleased in the United States, including original version of films altered and/or edited for release in the United States, are not protected by American copyright; thus, they are considered public domain. The entire purpose of our company is to provide (otherwise unavailable) films to the serious video collector. We do not offer videos owned by American releasing companies. If a film should become available domestically, we immediately stop offering it to our clients.Disc Information (applies to all our catalog): · While DVD quality varies title to title, I guarantee these are the best prints available.· Excellent to decent video and sound quality (send me a message for specific questions).· All DVD's are in NTSC Region 0 Format. For an Additional $0.50 per disc, we can convert to PAL, only if you let us know before paying invoice.· All DVD's are DVD-R’s shipped in plain white DVD sleeves. For the moment we do not offer artwork, mainly to keep the prices as low as possible.All non-English spoken movies come with English subtitles. **CHECK OUT THE REST OF OUR CATALOG FOR DISCOUNTS ON BULK ORDERS, AND WILL NEGOTIATE DISCOUNTS ON S&H... **ANY AND ALL QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED IN A FRIENDLY AND POLITE MANNER, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US FOR EVEN THE SMALLEST QUESTION. WE WANT OUR CUSTOMERS TO KNOW WHAT THEY’RE GETTING… Shipping & handling: **The shipping & handling cost will be $2.50 using USPS First Class Mailing to the USA (continental states), add $0.50 for every additional DVD.**To Canada will be $3.25 USPS First Class International, add $0.50 for every additional DVD. **International Shipping is $3.75 , add $0.50 for every additional DVD. ****ORDERS OF 4 OR MORE SHIP OUT FOR FREE...!!! **We ONLY accept Paypal or Google checkout. ******** CHECK OUT OUR OTHER AUCTIONS, IF YOU HAVE A CERTAIN HARD TO FIND OR OUT OF PRINT FILM IN MIND, AND DON`T SEE IT IN OUR CATALOG, CONTACT US, WE PROBABLY HAVE IT....
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