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Nostalgia for the light

(DVD - 2011 - Spanish)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Director Patricio Guzman travels to the driest place on earth, Chile's Atacama Desert, where astronomers examine distant galaxies, archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations, and women dig for the remains of disappeared relatives.
Title: Nostalgia for the light
[videorecording]
Published: [United States] : Icarus Films, [2011]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Release date: Sep. 13, 2011.
Summary: Director Patricio Guzman travels to the driest place on earth, Chile's Atacama Desert, where astronomers examine distant galaxies, archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations, and women dig for the remains of disappeared relatives.
Audience: Not rated.
Local Note: 1 4
Branch Call Number: DVD 522.1983 NOS
Statement of Responsibility: written and directed by Patricio Guzman ; produced by Renate Sachse
Performers: Gaspar Galaz, Vicky Saavedra.
System Details: DVD; NTSC, region 1; Dolby Digital ; widescreen.
Other Language: Spanish dialogue; English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Astronomers Chile Atacama Desert Video recordings. Atacama Desert (Chile) Video recordings. Excavations (Archaeology) Chile Atacama Desert Video recordings. Astronomical observatories Chile Atacama Desert Video recordings.
Genre/Form: Nonfiction films.
Documentary films.
Topical Term: Astronomers
Excavations (Archaeology)
Astronomical observatories
Publisher No: NOST
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Feb 18, 2013
  • 3romm3la rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I don't think you can enjoy this documentary unless you're interested in astronomy, Latin American history and politics. Each one plays an equal part in this doc.
I think trying to compare the astronomers' quest to discover all there is to know about space and the relatives' search for the remains of loved ones murdered by the Pinochet regime didn't work. There simply is no comparison.

Feb 09, 2013
  • ms_mustard rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Chilean Patricio Guzman's documentary about astronomers in Chile's Atacama Desert, Nostalgia for the Light, led me to his other documentaries: Salvador Allende, A Film and The Pinochet Case. I recommend all 3.

Oct 22, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Brilliant.

Jun 18, 2012
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This documentary tells two stories - one of an ongoing search into the outer space and the other for remains of loved ones in the same desert which houses the world's largest telescopes. The two stories appear to go in parallel, but, as we see in the film, they are connected in some ways as well. It is definitely one of the best documentaries I have seen in a long time. It satifies you on two fronts - the quest for knowledge on the ultimate frontier, and the quest for answers to both the good and the bad sides of humanity.

Feb 09, 2012
  • Glencoe_Mike rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Solemn documentary contrasting the Chilean political prisoners and their families with the astronomers and archaeologists who now inhabit the area where they were kept prisoner.

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