University of Chile Makes 150 Historic Chilean Films Available Online (Nick MacWilliam/Alborada.net)

[The Cineteca of the University of Chile, the oldest film archive in the country, has made over 150 films spanning the entire history of national cinema freely available to download or stream online.]

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University of Chile Makes 150 Historic Chilean Films Available Online

Tuesday 9 December, 2014 - Nick MacWilliam/Alborada.net

The Cineteca of the University of Chile, the oldest film archive in the country, has made over 150 films spanning the entire history of national cinema freely available to download or stream online. The project, which will be enhanced with further releases to take the total to more than 200 films by 2015, is the result of a collaboration between the National Culture & Arts Council and the University of Chile.

The haul represents an exhaustive record of Chilean filmmaking through the ages and is categorised into a number of sections. These include:
• Experimental Cinema from the University of Chile (Cine Experimental de la Universidad de Chile), which includes early works from the likes of Pedro Chaskel, Raul Ruíz, Miguel Littín and Helvio Soto
• Digital Cinema (Cine Digital), which covers film from 2002 up to the present day
• Chilean Feature Films (Largometrajes Chilenos), a collection of some of the most important cinematic works in national film history
• Cinema of the Popular Unity (Cine de la Unidad Popular), a collection of films commissioned under the socialist government of Salvador Allende, many of whose directors were targeted by the military regime that deposed Allende
• Chilean Documentaries (Documentales Chilenos), tracing a century of documentary filmmaking
• Videos of the 80s and 90s (Videos de los años 80 y 90), which looks at the different styles and technologies used by filmmakers under military rule and in the post-dictatorship. These include a number of films from Carlos Flores Delpino, who has played a key role building memory and addressing military rule through film
• Distinguished Authors (Autores Destacados), focusing on some of the most renowned filmmakers in Chilean history, including Chaskel, Flores Delpino, Luis Cornejo, and the Cabo Astica Collective, among others

The collection includes such landmarks of national filmmaking as the one-minute Manuel Rodríguez, the first ever piece of dramatic cinema made in Chile; El Husar de la Muerte, a black and white silent film from 1925 which tells the story of independence; El Chacal de Nahueltoro, Miguel Littín’s blurring of documentary and fiction which recounts one of the most infamous crimes in Chilean history and would prove highly influential for subsequent filmmakers; and Venceremos, Pedro Chaskel and Héctor Rios’ short film from 1970 documenting the social inequality that characterised Chilean society and which the fledgling Popular Unity government sought to address.

Professor Luis Horta explains the thought behind the project and many of the films. “We are interested in developing a long-term process of education through digital means. We have recovered the relevance many of these films had for filmmakers. Many of them were made to be shown in factories, in the countryside, in mining camps. They are not necessarily works made to be shown in the cinema. Through the internet we will be able to reconnect with these lines of circulation that are separated from the commercial model.”

The films are available to watch through the University of Chile website. Bear in mind that they don’t contain subtitles in English and that due to age the dialogue may be difficult to understand in a few cases. But for anyone interested in Chilean or Latin American film, this is a comprehensive document of how Chilean cinema has evolved throughout history and the way in which it has served as a means of addressing political, social and cultural themes in the country.

http://www.uchile.cl/noticias/107661/cineteca-de-la-u-de-chile-libera-15...

Nick MacWilliam is a British freelance writer and editor who has written on Latin American politics and culture for, among others, the Guardian, Pluto Press, Remezcla, Sounds and Colours, The Comment Factory, Left History and Sabotage Times. Follow him on Twitter: @NickMacWilliam

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