Friday, January 09, 2009

Che Guevara Movie

Poster for new Che movie, directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Benicio Del Toro as Che, photo uploaded on Flickr

I heard five years ago Steven Soderbergh was making this film. Been waiting patiently ever since. My boyfriend, Benicio Del Toro, plays Che. The very sexy mayor of Tijuana on the show Weeds plays Fidel. I think I can sit through four hours of this important time in our history quite easily with those two in the leading roles.

Ernesto "Che" Guevara, photo uploaded on Flickr by notinet

The movie has been playing in limited release, but opens across the nation this weekend. For folks in my area, it is playing at the theater near South Coast Plaza starting next weekend.

Benicio Del Toro, photo uploaded on Flickr by bbsammlung

Soderbergh directs this two part film. Can't think of a better director for this film. Many who only know of Che as the guy on the poster adorning many dorm room walls on university campuses. Or as the guy on the t-shirts hipsters, revolutionaries, and students wear will get the full story.

Steven Soderbergh and Benicio Del Toro, photo
uploaded by cineando on Flickr

Motorcycle Diaries shows the experiences that laid the ground work for Che's revolutionary ideas. After his trip through South America on a motorcycle, Che returned to Buenos Aires, finished his medical studies, in record time by the way, and then took off again on another tour through South America, up into Central America, and ended up in Mexico City. I do not know if this film shows how Che and Fidel met in Mexico City, but they spent many a night talking poetry, philosophy and the revolution.

Fidel, Che and about 80 to100 men boarded a run down old fishing boat off the coast of Mexico and headed for Cuba. In a few short years they, achieved their dreams.
Ernesto "Che" Guevara, photo uploaded on Flickr by broocey


Karin said...

Congratulations n the film's release! It sounds like a powerful and interesting film. My back can't handle movie theaters yet, but I look forward to seeing this one way or another, when I can!!

Mary Cuevas said...

hi karin,
yes it is a long movie. so would be hard on your back.

i am looking forward to this important time in history being seen on the big screen.

i almost drove up the nightmare 405 freeway to see it when it was playing in limited release a few weeks back. i didn't go. heard the next day that benicio del toro was there for a q and a after the show. damn!!!