May 29, 2022

Chile’s Oldest Film Archive Digitizes and Makes 150 Historic Films Available For Download or Streaming Online


The Cineteca of the University of Chile, the oldest film archive in the country, has made over 150 films spanning the entire history of national cinema freely available to download or stream online. The project, which will be enhanced with further releases to take the total to more than 200 films by 2015, is the result of a collaboration between the National Culture & Arts Council and the University of Chile.


The films are available to watch through the University of Chile website. Bear in mind that they don’t contain subtitles in English and that due to age the dialogue may be difficult to understand in a few cases. But for anyone interested in Chilean or Latin American film, this is a comprehensive document of how Chilean cinema has evolved throughout history and the way in which it has served as a means of addressing political, social and cultural themes in the country.

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View the Films: Direct to Cineteca Virtual of the University of Chile

Note: Digitized films carry a Creative Commons License.

Additional Info in an Announcement from the U. of Chile (in Spanish)

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