Given the financial deprivations and rampant censorship bedeviling the Argentine film industry of the 1970s, it is positively miraculous that top-rank films like Far Away and Long Ago continued to emerge. Directed by Manuel Antin, whose 1970 Don Segundo Sombra was sung praises at the Cannes Film Festival, this 1974 release was adapted from the autobiographical novel by Guiellermo Hudson. Covering his youth and adolescence in Argentina, Hudson deftly juxtaposes fact with fantasy--the latter category including many of the superstitions common to his people. In Felliniesque fashion, both the novel and the film touch upon the author's earliest sexual yearnings. Far Away and Long Ago has occasionally surfaced on Spanish-language cable TV channels, but a widespread US distribution is long overdue.
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