|Window to the Third World
The Hour of the Furnaces (1968), a three-part documentary classic by the Argentinian Fernardo Solanas, is an analysis of the grim history of the 20th century Latin America. The first part of the film, Neocolonialism and violence, is dedicated to Che Guevara, who was born in Argentina. It concentrates on the colonialistic relations and the war of liberation of the continent. Now that the time of Peronism is again in the spotlight due to the film Evita by Alan Parker, it is interesting to see how the powerful movement was born in 1945-55.
In the second part Solanas deals with the development of Argentina after Peron's rule. The third part is based on the interviews of ordinary Argentinians and on their experiences of the relation between violence and the war of liberation.