Wednesday, October 24, 2012

World Cinema Guide: South and Central America- Selected Countries (46 Greatest Films 1929-2005)

The title above says ‘Selected Countries’ because these are the minor film-producing nations of this continent- the ones where I could find less than 20 acclaimed films in total. Other more major film-producing nations from South and Central America have their own country entry: check the labels at the right of this paragraph and the many posts entitled ‘World Cinema….’

When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’.

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.


Bolivia
1966 Ukamou (Jorge Sanjines)
1969 Blood of the Condor* (Jorge Sanjines)
1971 The Courage of the People (Jorge Sanjines)
1973 The Principal Enemy (Jorge Sanjines)
1989 The Clandestine Nation (Jorge Sanjines)
Chile
1967 Bloodstained Nitrate (Helvio Soto)
1968 Three Sad Tigers (Raul Ruiz)
1969 Jackal of Nahueltoro* (Miguel Littin)
1970 The Vote and the Gun (Helvio Soto)
1971 Companero Presidente (Miguel Littin)
1973 The Promised Land (Miguel Littin)
1975 The Battle of Chile: Part 1* (Patricio Guzman)
1977 The Battle of Chile: Part 2* (Patricio Guzman)
1979 The Battle of Chile: Part 3* (Patricio Guzman)
2004 Machuca* (Andres Wood)
Columbia
1985 A Time to Die (Jorge Ali Triana)
2000 Our Lady of the Assassins (Barbet Schroeder)
2004 El Rey (Antonio Dorado)
2004 Maria Full of Grace* (Joshua Marston)
2005 La Sierra (Scott Dalton, Margarita Martinez)
Cuba
1962 The Twelve Chairs (Tomas Gutierrez Alea)
1964 I Am Cuba* (Mikheil Kalatozishvili)
1966 Death of a Bureaucrat* (Tomas Gutierrez Alea)
1967 The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin (Julio Garcia Espinosa)
1968 LBJ (Santiago Alvarez)
1968 Lucia* (Humberto Solas)
1968 Memories of Underdevelopment* (Tomas Gutierrez Alea)
1968 The Hour of the Furnaces* (Santiago Alvarez)
1969 The First Charge of the Machete (Manuel Octavio Gomez)
1971 Days of Water (Manuel Octavio Gomez)
1975 The Other Francisco (Sergio Giral)
1976 La Cantata De Chile (Humberto Solas)
1976 The Last Supper* (Tomas Gutierrez Alea)
1977 One Way Or Another* (Sara Gomez, Julio Garcia Espinosa, Tomas Gutierrez Alea)
1979 Portrait of Teresa (Pastor Vega)
1985 A Successful Man (Humberto Solas)
1995 Guantanamera (Tomas Gutierrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabio)
1999 Buena Vista Social Club* (Wim Wenders)
Haiti
2000 Lumumba (Raoul Peck)
Jamaica 
1972 The Harder They Come* (Perry Henzell)
Nicaragua
1982 Alsino and the Condor* (Miguel Littin)
Peru
1988 The Lion's Den (Francisco J. Lombardi)
1998 Don't Tell Anyone (Francisco J. Lombardi)
Uruguay
2000 25 Watts (Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll)
2004 Whisky* (Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll)
Venezuela
1959 Araya (Margot Benacerraf)

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