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December 16, 2016
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October 27, 2004
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January 27, 1976
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1/ Approved For Release 2(,Q/0Ak' Lf{ATWff 8-01365R0 27 January 1976 (.IALI C;. . Allend&s Chile Shown. in. G .Avenue of Americas In Chile, on Nov. 3, 1970, Dr. Sal- vador Allende became the first freely elected Marxist presidant in the Western Hemisphere, on Sep. 11, 1973, Allende's Popular Unity government was toppled by. a bloody military coup. "Avenue of the Americas" (which screens tonight only at the Fox Ve- nice Theater) is -an extremely well inade, deeply disturbing, 82-minute film about Chile, which is closer in tone and substance to Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "The Consul" than to the -documentary that it really is. The film is dedicated to its American scriptwriter, iharles Horman, who was arrested and killed by the milita? ry junta one week af'ter~ the ? 1973 coup----a few hours after he was de- nied asylum by the U.S. Embassy in Santiago.. .'. . ? - ' .-, The film: is,.a comprehensive, his- torical tract about the events leading to Allende's election and his subse- quent overthrow, as well as being. an indictment of United States complici- Aty in the Sep. 11 coup; - "Avenue of the Americs" eneora-. passes a broad spectrum, boar raphicslly and socially; of footage- shot in Chita between 1976-and 1973. 'Scenes from cities, shanty towns, fao tories, schools, farms and mines pro- { vide the settings, for informative in- terviews with workers, peasants,.: ruiners, students and professionals, who discuss with joyful optimism the quality of their lives before and dur- ing the Allende government. The film also shows the extreme, poverty in Chile, where half of all - children under 15 suffer from malnu trition: Interviews with , politicans and iii-"" tellectuals, who discuss the implica; tions of CIA and corporate involve. ment in Chile, ' are - also 'included, Among others interviewed are Phfli A g" former CIA officer in atln America; M,rs. Allende; Pentagon Pay`. pens' defendant Daniel Ellsberg; No.. bel Prize-winner George Wald and Joyce Horman, the'widow of Charles Horman. ---LAID, GROSS Approved For Release 2005/01/13 : CIA-RDP88-01365R000300020007-8