Essentially, the film behind Costa-Gavras' State of Siege. Edited by Jan Lindqvist from clandestine footage shot by a whole series of different people, all unaware of the final purpose of the film, it combines polemic and information into a persuasive piece of committed radical film- making. Interviews with Geoffrey Jackson, Dan Mitrione, and others in the Peoples' Prison; interviews with the parents of a Tupamaro who find their house bombed out nightly; interviews with people in the street, alternating with shots of the landed oligarchy enjoying their wealth; information about the domination of foreign companies; information about the history and desperation of the struggle. And that is what comes across most forcefully - the desperation behind the seemingly impudent tactic of what the film calls 'the faceless power' in the Uruguayan situation.
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