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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The Hour of the Furnaces (La hora de los hornos) is a 1968 film directed by Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas, a documentary on neo-colonialism and violence in Latin America. 'The paradigm of revolutionary activist cinema', it addresses the politics of the 'Third worldist' films and Latin-American manifesto of the late 1960s.


Writing in the New York Times, critic Vincent Canby described the movie as "a unique film exploration of a nation's soul."


  • Mostra Internazionale del Cinema Nuovo (Pesaro, Italy, 1968): Gran Premio de la Crítica
  • Festival Internacional de Manheim (West Germany, 1968): Premio del Publico; Premio FIPRESCI, Cines de Arte y Ensayo; Premio Ecuménico.
  • British Film Institute: Best Foreign Film (1974)
  • Crítica de Los Angeles: One of the Ten Best Films of the 1970s
  • Festival de Mérida (Venezuela, 1968): Best Film Prize
  • Semana de la crítica del Festival de Cannes (1969)

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