Dialogues of the Exiled on TCM

Dialogues of the Exiled (1975), Raul Ruiz’s first feature after fleeing the military coup in Chile, debuts on DVD from Facets. I review the DVD for Turner Classic Movies.

Raul Ruiz is best known for the multi-faceted stories, elegant style and densely-designed narratives of films like The hypothesis of the Stolen Painting, Three Crowns of the Sailor, Three Lives and Only One Death and his adaptation of Marcel Proust’s Time Regained. This early feature, shot on 16mm film on a shoestring budget, has little of the style—it’s constructed from a series of conversations, most taken in a single long take, shot in a variety of apartments and a couple of street scenes—but much of the humor and satire seen in later films. The film begins with a series of short conversations on Paris streets between Chilean exiles and French citizens (and others), but soon circles around the Chilean community of mostly political activists and leftists who band together for friendship, for political action, for survival. They apply for asylum, reach out to the French Communist Party for assistance, give interviews to French journalists and government social workers, and reach out to find lodgings for the growing community. One scene ends with parade of bodies and suitcases into a tiny apartment, squeezing more people into room until the floor is filled with bodies squeezed together like sardines, a serious issue illustrated with comic flair.

Read the complete feature on TCM here.

Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website (www.streamondemandathome.com). I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View (www.parallax-view.org).. I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly, GreenCine.com, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

One thought on “Dialogues of the Exiled on TCM”

  1. Hi Alex,

    Just two minor comments: The DVD version of Dialogues the Exiled that you just reviewed was indeed remastered from “the” original 16mm print, which was in really bad condition. As for the interview of Raul Ruiz, this was specially made for this DVD edition and it took place at the director’s home in Santiago, Chile.


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