by Joris Ivens 0h27min Netherlands, Chile 1962
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by Joris Ivens

A travelogue of Valparaiso, Chile, a city built on steep hills. Life is a constant struggle against geography. Neighbourhoods are reached by series of ramps, staircases, and funicular railway elevators. The poorest residents on the hilltops have trouble obtaining water for drinking and washing. There are community dances, a travelling circus, a race course. Boys feed the harbour sealions; a fashionable woman walks her penguin. The ever-present onshore breeze provides fresh air and an ideal environment for kite-flying. The film's second half is in colour, making the switch with the tale of the city's bloody pirate past.

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  • Roger Pigaut : La voix du narrateur


  • Director Joris Ivens
  • Scenario Joris Ivens
  • Photo director Georges Strouvé
  • Sound mix Jacques Maumont
  • Editing Jean Ravel
  • Original music Gustavo Becerra
  • Producer Anatole Dauman
  • Production Compagny Argos Films
  • Distributor Argos Films

Technical information

  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1962
  • Release date for France11/09/1965
  • CategoryShort film
  • ColorBlack and White / Colors
  • LanguageSpanish, French
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