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The Private Archives of Pablo Escobar (2004)

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Ten years have passed since the death of Pablo Escobar, the most feared drug dealer in the world, a beloved hero to many of Colombia's poor and Public Enemy #1 to the Colombian and U.S. governments. For the first time, the history of the infamous drug lord is being told from the point of view of those family members and associates closest to him.Culled from over 600 hours of intimate, never-before-seen footage given to the director by Escobar's family, with revealing interviews with his mother and siblings, Marc de Beaufort's arresting documentary unveils Escobar's personality, depicts the outrageous spending of his fortune (including his staggering Hacienda Nápoles (a compound complete with exotic animals) and elucidates the origins of the Latin American drug trade.Archivos Privados poignantly captures the contradictions of Escobar, whom many Colombians considered a modern-day Robin Hood -a candid and generous man (he donated millions to the poor) yet also a brutal and ruthless criminal accused of numerous drug-related and political assassinations that changed the course of Colombian history. -- © Cinema Tropical

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Critic Reviews for The Private Archives of Pablo Escobar

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A mesmerizing documentary about the rise and fall of a drug lord, perhaps the biggest there ever was.

October 8, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Miami Herald
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This 2002 documentary about Pablo Escobar Gaviria has a pronounced point of view. At least it will probably seem that way to American audiences, who know Escobar as a ruthless drug lord.

September 9, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Hits just the right balance of pop and political.

September 7, 2004 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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Closer to hagiography than responsibly objective biography.

September 10, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
TV Guide

Gripping.

September 9, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Christian Science Monitor

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