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Prisioneros de la tierra/Prisoners of the Earth (Mario Soffici, Argentina, 1939).

Seen as part of The Film Foundation’s ‘Restoration Screening Room’: Prisioneros de la tierra/Prisoners of the Earth (Mario Soffici, Argentina, 1939) is a melodrama that vividly evokes emotions but channels them so the film also acts as a social critique of colonialism, exploitative employment practices, the treatment of indigenous peoples by foreign capital, class and ethnicity. A revelation that encourages revolution or at least warns of uprisings. A film that generally tops the charts of best films ever made in Argentina. We discuss all this and more in the accompanying podcast:

The podcast can also be listened to on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/show/2zWZ7Egdy6xPCwHPHlOOaT

and on itunes here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/first-impressions-thinking-aloud-about-film/id1548559546

Some of the other Scorsese Foundation Restorations Previously discussed in the podcast include:

Thinking Aloud About Film: Pixote (Hector Babenco, Brazil, 1981)

Thinking Aloud About Film: Soleil Ô/ Oh Sun (Med Hondo, France, 1970)

José Arroyo & Richard Layne on Downpour (Bahram Beyzaie, Iran, 1979), Wales One World

Thinking Aloud About Film: THE LAW OF THE BORDER/ HUDUTLARIN KANUNU ( Lütfi Ömer Akad Turkey, 1966)

Chess of the Wind is discussed here:

Cinema Rediscovered 2022, Bristol Watershed 2022, Final Round-up