Wednesday, February 3, 2010
CHE:BLOGGER VIEW:CAST:Benicio del Toro as Ernesto "Che" GuevaraBenjamín Benítez as Harry "Pombo" VillegasJulia Ormond as Lisa HowardArmando Riesco as BenignoCatalina Sandino Moreno as Aleida MarchDemian Bichir as Fidel CastroRodrigo Santoro as Raul CastroSantiago Cabrera as Camilo CienfuegosElvira Minguez as Celia SanchezEdgar Ramirez as Ciro RedondoAlfredo De Quesada as Israel PardoRoberto Santana as Juan Almeida BosqueVictor Rasuk as Rogelio AcevedoFranka Potente as Tamara "Tania" BunkeLou Diamond Phillips as Mario MonjeKahlil Mendez as Urbano ProductionHavana 1964, Che GuevaPLOTIn HAVANA 1964 Che Guevera is interviewed by Lisa Howard who asks him if reform throughout Latin America might not blunt the "message of the Cuban Revolution". In 1955, at a gathering in Mexico City, Guevara first meets Fidel Castro. He listens to Castro's plans and signs on as a member of the July 26th Movement. There is a return to 1964 for Guevara's address before the United Nations General Assembly, where he makes an impassioned speech against American imperialism, and defends the executions his regime has committed declaring that "this is a battle to the death".March 1957, Guevara deals with debilitating bouts of asthma as his group of revolutionaries meet up with Castro's group. Together, they attack an army barracks on May 28, 1957. On October 15, 1958, the guerrillas approach the town of Las Villas. The Battle of Santa Clara is depicted with Guevara demonstrating his tactical skill as the guerrillas engage in street-to-street fighting. Near the film's end they are victorious. With the Cuban Revolution now over, Guevara heads to Havana, remarking "we won the war, the revolution starts now".The second part begins with Guevara arriving in Bolivia disguised as a middle-aged Uruguayan businessman and drives into the mountains to meet his men. The film is organized by the days that he was in the country. On Day 26, there is solidarity among Guevara's men despite his status as foreigner. By Day 67, Guevara has been set up for betrayal. He tries to recruit some peasants only to be mistaken for a cocaine smuggler. On Day 100, there is a shortage of food and Guevara exercises discipline to resolve conflicts between his Cuban and Bolivian followers.By Day 113, some of the guerrillas have deserted and the Bolivian army has discovered their base camp. Tamara "Tania" Bunke, Guevara's revolutionary contact has botched elaborate preparations and given away their identity much to his chagrin. On Day 141, the guerrillas capture some Bolivian soldiers that refuse to join the revolution and are free to return to their villages. CIA advisers arrive to supervise anti-insurgent activity and training. On Day 169, Guevara's visiting friend, the French intellectual Regis Debray is captured by members of the Bolivian army, which launch an aerial attack on Day 219.Guevara grows sick and by Day 280 can barely breathe as a result of his acute asthma. By Day 340, Guevara is trapped by the Bolivian army and while wounded is surrounded and captured. The next day, a helicopter lands and a Cuban-American CIA agent Félix Rodríguez emerges. Guevara says, "I don't talk to traitors." Rodriguez responds, "You executed my uncle". The Bolivian high command are then phoned and give approval for Guevara's execution. He is killed on October 9, 1967, and his corpse lashed to the landing skids of a helicopter and flown out.