New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series
(Free and Open to the Public)
Lecture Center 2
UAlbany Uptown Campus
(France/Chile/Belgium/Spain, 2001, 110 minutes, color, 35mm)
Directed by Patricio Guzmán
In English and Spanish
Patricio Guzmán's epic documentary about the Chilean democracy movement, THE BATTLE OF CHILE (1976) is regarded as a landmark among political documentaries. A quarter of a century late, Guzmán's newest film documents efforts to bring the political struggles of the 1970s to their logical conclusion; the trial of Augusto Pinochet, former dictator of Chile, for crimes against humanity. Guzmán edge-of-the-seat suspense, though the outcome of the trial is already public knowledge.
Shown in association with the international conference, "Democracy in Latin America: 30 Years After Chile's 9/11" at UAlbany.
See www.albany.edu/democracy for further information about the conference.
Page Hall, 135 Western Ave
UAlbany Downtown Campus
(United States, 1999, 114 minutes, color, 16mm)
Directed by David O. Russell
Starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze
David O. Russell reinvents the war film genre with this hyperkinetic political satire about the first Gulf War. In this film that appears as relevant today, a small group of American soldiers, bored by a high-tech military conflict that has left them with nothing much to do at base camp, sets out to steal a secret cache of Kuwaiti gold. The expedition brings them face to face, for the first time, with ordinary Iraqis--individuals who have been brutalized by war, then abandoned by the abrupt pull-out of American forces to an uncertain fate. THREE KINGS employs a new photographic technique called "bleach bypassing," which creates a washed-out look to mimic the harsh light of the desert sun.