Julio Cortazar : fantasy, reality, and revolution

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  • The stories of Argentine writer Julio Cortazar convey a quest for identity, an obsession with the mysteries behind everyday reality, and an existential torment manifested in the fantastic. Using archival footage of the author and extensive commentary from his contemporaries-including biographer Mario Goloboff, filmmaker Manuel Antin, and former Argentine president Raul Alfonsin-this program examines the major events of Cortazar's wide-ranging life and career. His birth in Belgium, his early years as a school teacher, and his relationships with revolutionary leaders are all presented in detail, along with astute analysis of his complex and enigmatic work.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Apr. 07, 2006.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • In Spanish.


  • Julio Cortzar: Early Life in Buenos Aires (3:27) -- Julio Cortzar: Academic Life in Argentina (2:29) -- Julio Cortzar: Unsympathetic with the Peronist Movement (4:14) -- Julio Cortzar: Emigrant to France (1:54) -- Julio Cortzar: Expatriat in the Bohemian Parisian Culture (3:27) -- Julio Cortzar: First Novel, "Los Premios," Fascination with Fantasy (2:16) -- Julio Cortzar: His Major Work, "Rayuela" ("Hopscotch") (3:31) -- Julio Cortzar: A Roused Attention to Latin American Politics (3:40) -- Julio Cortzar: European Socialism and Latin Surrealism (4:02) -- Julio Cortzar: Pining for Argentina (2:49) -- Julio Cortzar: Voice of Conscience for Argentina (4:49) -- Julio Cortzar: In the 80s Traveling, Writing and Speaking (3:33) -- Julio Cortzar: Last Words (4:10) -- Julio Cortzar: "A Man of Many Worlds" (4:30)
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