• Short Summary

    The Chilean post and Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda, was buried in Santiago on Tuesday (September 25th) to the sound of the communist theme song, "International."
    About 500 people, including foreign diplomats, Chilean literary figures, several former communist militants and dozens of workers sang in full voice as troops of chile's new military junta followed the funeral cortege and stood guard over the cemetery.

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    The Chilean post and Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda, was buried in Santiago on Tuesday (September 25th) to the sound of the communist theme song, "International."
    About 500 people, including foreign diplomats, Chilean literary figures, several former communist militants and dozens of workers sang in full voice as troops of chile's new military junta followed the funeral cortege and stood guard over the cemetery.

    Nerude, a life-long communist, died on Saturday night (September 22nd) at the age of 69. He suffered a heart attack after struggling for months against cancer. His sister, and his third wife, Matilde Urritia, were with him when he died.

    His death came less than tow weeks after that of his close friend, President Salvador Allende, in the military coup of September the 11th. Neruda was a former Senator and the Ambassador of Dr. Allende's government in Paris.

    Neruda's coffin, draped in a chilean flag, was carried from the suburban Santiago house where he began his literary career as a young man. The house had been searched by troops of the military junta a few days after the coup, and had been ransacked by souvenir hunters as the poet lay dying in hospital.

    The military junta announced it would not hold a state funeral because Chile was still under a state of siege.

    Pablo Neruda's literary career reached its peak in Stockholm in 1971, when the Swedish academy awarded him the Nobel Prize for Literature for poetry that "brings alive a continent's destiny and dreams."
    SYNOPSIS: Communist slogans covered the boyhood home of the Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda, who died in santiago hospital on Saturday at the age of sixty-nine. Neruda's third wife, Matilde Urritia, was with him as he died of a heart attack after struggling against cancer for several months.

    Neruda's death came less than two weeks after that of his friend, Dr. Salvador Allende in the military coup of September the 11th. A life-long communist, Neruda was the Ambassador of Dr. Allende's government in Paris, and a former Senator in the Chilean congress.

    Regarded as one of the greatest Latin American poets, Pablo Neruda used the theme of communism in many of his works. The funeral cortege was followed through Santiago's quiet streets by troops of Chile's new military junta. The military chiefs announced there would be no state funeral because the country was still in a state of siege. Dozens of workers turned out for the funeral, attended by foreign diplomats, Chilean literary figures, and a number of former communist militants.

    The coffin, draped in a Chilean flag, was carried into a church. But because of Neruda's communist convictions, there was no priest. Instead, the crowd sang the communist theme-song, the "International."
    Matilde Urritia, who Neruda married in 1951, was with the poet in Stockholm inn 1971, when the Swedish academy awarded him the Nobel Prize for Literature. The award was made to Neruda for poetry "that brings alive a continent's destiny and dreams."

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    Film ID:
    VLVADD8RQ3MWKXF9AKM0K4803SLRP
    Media URN:
    VLVADD8RQ3MWKXF9AKM0K4803SLRP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/09/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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