Far from a conventional biopic, Steven Soderbergh’s film about Che Guevara is a fascinating exploration of the revolutionary as icon. Daring in its refusal to make the socialist leader into an easy martyr or hero, Che paints a vivid, naturalistic portrait of the man himself (with a stunning, Cannes-award-winning performance by Benicio del Toro), from his overthrow of the Batista dictatorship to his 1964 United Nations trip to the end of his short life. Originally released in two parts, the first a kaleidoscopic view of the Cuban revolution and the second an all-action dramatization of Che’s failed campaign in Bolivia. —The Criterion Collection
At the age of 26, Steven Soderbergh permanently altered the face of independent cinema when he became the youngest-ever winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival for sex, lies and videotape, his feature-film directorial debut. A simmering exploration of the nature of modern relationships and the links between sexuality and voyeurism, the film was an international sensation that established its director as one of the golden boys of world cinema. Born in Georgia on January 14, 1963, Soderbergh grew up in Baton Rouge, LA, where his father was the Dean of Louisiana State University’s College of Education. While still in high school, Soderbergh enrolled in the university’s film animation class and began making short 16 mm films with second-hand equipment. After he graduated from high school, he went to Hollywood, where he worked as a freelance editor. Soderbergh’s time in Hollywood was brief, and he soon returned home, where he continued making short films and writing scripts… read more
The black and white sequences, set a few years after the events taking place in the film, serve as a nice way of transitioning through the story. The film itself is very colorful and in a way or other, rather happy. Seeing as things go their way at the end, one can only be reminded of the truth that the current dictatorship in Cuba is all about. It's very well made, making it the stronger of the two films.
...por momentos a veces no puede evitar endiosarlo un poco. Eso no quiere decir que el personaje no presente contrastes y contradicciones, que si las hay. Sino que a veces esos aspectos que lo humanizan se notan un poco forzados y llaman la atención. De todas maneras la película (esta primera parte por lo menos) está muy, pero que muy recomendada.
Dije que vería sólo 15 min. pero terminé toda la película, primero quizás porque la interpretación que se hace del Che en la misma es fascinante y segundo porque la historia en si de la misma está contada con una simpleza que se agradece. Pero como toda construcción ficticia, sin importar sus orígenes históricos, a veces se me antoja un poco idealizada. Soderbergh dijo que quería hacerlo humano, y aunque lo logra...
A TWO-PART SERIES ON STEVEN SODERBERGH'S CHE. *** CHE: PART TWO (GUERRILLA) Part Two of Che begins with images of Bolivian miners. These are
A TWO-PART SERIES ON STEVEN SODERBERGH'S CHE. *** CHE: PART ONE (THE ARGENTINE) What is a political image? How does it work, and what are
Steven Soderbergh’s two-part film “Che” is quite an accomplishment in terms of cinematic virtuosity. I admire these films who adopt “cinéma vérité” techniques to really bring you into the action. The… read review
7 years of research for this role and Benicio del Toro couldn’t act with an Argentinean accent? Sorry but trying to sell Ernesto Guevara as loving caring guerillo/comandante just doesn’t sell in my… read review
You walk around college campuses and visit concerts or any other place young people may congregate and probably see someone in a t-shirt with some famous Latin American’s mug proudly displayed. Who… read review