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THE HOUR OF THE FURNACES

6:15

Sunday, May 26

(1968, Octavio Getino, Fernando Solanas) Incendiary and influential Argentinian agitprop in three sections: Notes and Testimonies on Neocolonialism, Violence and Liberation; Act for Liberation; and Violence and Liberation. Filmed in secret and distributed by workers organizations and student groups. In Spanish, with English subtitles. 16mm print courtesy New York Public Library. Approx. 280 min.

Reviews

The Hour of the Furnaces is a manifesto. It is unabashed propaganda from the first shot to the last. It is didactic, it is agitational, it acts like a detonator. It is, in essence, a guide to militant action. This is cinema par excellence… It belongs to the people, to the persecuted, to the humiliated, to all those whose condition is ‘rebellion.’ To all those who have nothing to lose but their chains.”
–Mrinal Sen, Montage