The Hour of the Furnaces

The Hour of the Furnaces (Spanish: La hora de los hornos) is a 1968 Latin American film directed by Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas. 'The paradigm of revolutionary activist cinema',[1] it addresses the politics of the 'Third worldist' films and Latin-American manifesto of the late 1960s. It is a key part of the 'Third Cinema', a movement which emerged in Latin America around the same time as the film's release.

The Hour of the Furnaces
Directed byOctavio Getino
Fernando Solanas
Produced byEdgardo Pallero
Fernando Solanas
Written byOctavio Getino
Fernando Solanas
Narrated byMaría de la Paz
Fernando Solanas
Edgardo Suárez
Music byRoberto Lar
Fernando Solanas
CinematographyJuan Carlos Desanzo
Fernando Solanas
Grupo Cine Liberacion
Solanas Productions
Release date
  • 1968 (1968)
Running time
260 minutes


  • María de la Paz as a Narrator
  • Fernando E. Solanas as a Narrator
  • Edgardo Suárez as a Narrator
  • Fidel Castro as himself (archive footage)
  • Ernesto 'Che' Guevara as himself (archive footage)
  • Mao Zedong as himself (archive footage)
  • Eva Perón as herself (archive footage)
  • Juan Domingo Perón as himself (archive footage)


Writing in the New York Times, critic Vincent Canby described the movie as "a unique film exploration of a nation's soul."[2]


  • 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)

(Information from Fernando Solanas's official site.)


  1. Sight and Sound
  2. Vincent Canby, "La Hora de Los Hornos (1968): Argentine Epic." New York Times (February 26, 1971).

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