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When the Pueblo Was Hollywood, produced and directed by CCA assistant professor of Visual Studies Federico Windhausen, discloses a kind of waking dream experienced collectively by the residents of Salta, an Argentine province located at the foothills of the Andes.
In 1961 this remote section of northwestern Argentina served as the primary location for a large-scale Hollywood adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's novel Taras Bulba, bringing to Salta actors such as Tony Curtis and Yul Brynner. The documentary focuses not on the movie stars, however, but rather on the thousands of locals who were hired as extras and dressed up as 16th-century Cossacks, Turks, and Poles. The film is both a chronicle of a unique cultural encounter and a portrait of a fading generation of Salteños.