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The filmmakers try to give a balanced view of Castro--illustrating his passion for the welfare of Cuban people but also showing how power in some ways went to his head. As Celia Sanchez tells him (around 1980 I believe), "Listen to what I have to say--don't interrupt me--you're losing touch with the people."
"Fidel" is historically accurate from what I know and all the major characters in the Cuban revolution are depicted here including Sanchez, Raul Castro, Ernesto (Che) Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos.
I think the filmmakers took on too much, however, in attempting to cover Fidel's life from 1949 to present. Many events are given too little exposure. Yet this film is much too long at about 3 hours and 20 minues. A better film might have focused on the revolution up through 1959 and ended with the march into Santiago--about two-thirds of what this one covers--leaving the rest for another day.
All in all, "Fidel" is well done. For people in the U.S. it gives a good account of a major, and fairly recent, historical event (the Cuban Revolution) occuring just south of our border--an event of which most U.S. people have little knowledge.
This the actors do as the acting here is quite good. Victor Hugo Martin played extremely well.
Warning it is quite long film over 3 hours but I could have watched another three hours. I wish they had shown more of the Cuban crisis and Fidel Castro in the 1970s
This over three hour movie clearly shows how Fidel Castro pulled the wool over a large number of gullible Cuban left-wingers. These middle class useful idiots never asked the number one logically unavoidable question. Why was there a need for a violent revolution? Foreign investment capital ceaselessly flowed into the country. The Cuban economy was growing and improving the lives of most citizens. Fulgencio Batista was admittedly a scoundrel. Nonetheless, wouldn't a milder approach be more appropriate? In many respects, Batista was insufficiently ruthless. He, after all, did not kill Castro and his comrades when he had the chance. An adversarial press and radio programs consistently took Batista to task. How can anyone realistically assert that all hope was lost? Is "Fidel" too long of a movie? It is if you plan to view it in one sitting. I wouldn't advise doing this. This is not a five star production. There is enough here, though, to make it a worthwhile experience. You might also wish to see Andy Garcia's currently released "The Lost City."
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Starring Victor Huggo Martin as Fidel Castro and a cast of heavily accented Hispanic actors portraying various historical personages.
A reasonble attempt at a biography of Fidel Castro from 1949 to the year the film was made.
An interesting and more successful film that it had a right to be. Starring a cast of mostly unknowns.......or at least people I have never heard of, the film, besides biting off a bit more than it could chew in even a 140 min running time, is only moderattely well acted and somewhat shallowly written---though it sort of had to be to cram the amount of material in that it wished to. The film has the actors speaking in a heavy Cuban accent throughout and they are therefore unintelligible at times. The makers were also obviously torn between their desire to make a blatant pro-Castro Pro-Communist film and the fact that if they wanted their film to be worth even a second look(unlike such films as JULIA or COMING HOME) they would have to allow awkward things like facts into the proceedings......if only grudgingly. Thus the film has all of the Castro propaganda points everything from his not being a communist until somehow miraculously becoming one after seizing power to the rubbish about Cuba's health care. It also portrays Battista as being white when everyone knows that he was Black---and probably the reason Black Cubans are discriminated against by the regime even to this day. The film also ends with Castro speaking directly to the camera---audience blaming all of his (few shown) negative actions on United States imperialism and the C.I.A. Obviously there to counter balance the undenialble fact that Castro turned Cuba into an island gulag and the film is stuck with that truth.Read more ›
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I love movies about Cuba. This miniseries was and is fantastic. The viewer gets to see what the situation was like under Batista and why Castro began the revolution. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gary Gilfoy
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This 4-hour miniseries aired on Showtime in 2002. It was filmed in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by El Infante
I feel this is probably the closest you'll get to the true story about Fidel (although I am not Cuban & don't have any Cuban relatives). Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Sheela