Location/Culture Reports

Culture Report — Chile

Movies that have been filmed in and about Chile include It’s Raining on Santiago, Death and the Maiden, The Motorcycle Diaries, Ring of Fire, Seven Years in Tibet, and Spy Kids.

Books about Chile include Chile, A Traveler’s Literary Companion, Katherine Silver; Chile in Focus, Nick Caistor; Soldiers in a Narrow Land, The Pinochet Regime in Chile, Mary Helen Spooner; Voyaging, Southward from the Straight of Magellan, Rockwell Kent; Desert Memories, Journey’s Through the Chilean North, Ariel Dorfman; Far Away and Long Ago, A Childhood in Argentina, W.H. Hudson; Five Decades, Poems 1925-1970, Pablo Neruda; Gabriela Mistral, Selected Prose and Prose-Poems, Gabriela Mistral; Night Flight, Antoine de Saint Exupery; Pinochet and Me, A Chilean Anti-Memoir, Marc Cooper; and The Far Side of the World, Patrick O’Brian.

Chile's greatest achievements in the arts have been in literature. La Araucana, written by Alonso de Ercilla y Zuniga in the late 1500s, is one of the great epic poems in Latin American literature. In 1945, the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral became the first Latin American writer to win the Nobel Prize in literature. One of her students was Pablo Neruda, who won the 1971 Nobel Prize in literature for his poetry. Isabel Allende is one of the leading novelists and journalists in Chile today. Her books include The House of Spirits and Daughter of Fortune.