El Che - Investigating a Legend
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Che Guevara, the man with the beret with the star, embodies one of the strongest myths of the 20th century. He was a combination of a saint and an adventurer; somewhere between Don Quixote and a latter-day Jesus Christ. In his relations with Fidel Castro, he is the hero of a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. Che Guevara became a symbol of an entire generation. Today he is a myth. Some still draw inspiration from him - others condemn him; sometimes bitterly. For all, he is a subject of controversy and passion. This film examines the myth, and contains: His voyages of discovery through Latin America, the meeting with Fidel Castro, when an instantaneous friendship was born, his travels around the world, and footage of his tragic end in Bolivia at age 39.
Special Bonus Feature: Tracing Che. In this documentary, a Canadian film director goes in search of the man behind the myth, re-creating the legendary road trip through South America on an old Norton motorcycle that Che documented in The Motorcycle Diaries. On his way, he encounters many of Che's family and friends - including the friend who took the trip with him - who shed light on the truth behind this icon of the 20th century. This is a film that discovers the humanity, the passion, and the free spirit of a young 22 year old whose eyes were forced open on a relentless road trip.
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The DVD is well-structured, it was filmed and edited professionally, but it is very uninsightful. In its efforts to present a coherent narrative of Che's life, it strives to avoid everything that can be considered controversial. As a result, Che comes off in this picture as a one-dimensional person devoid of any complexity. This, I believe, is an unfair portrayal of a leader who - whatever your attitude to his politics - was a lot more complex than that.
To resume, if this is not the very first time you are hearing Che's name, this DVD might be a huge waste of time for you.
At the center of the whirlwind of change were Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. While Fidel had finite ambitions, El Che sought a utopia. This was the main difference between the two and as fate would have it, it is largely the reason while Fidel still survives and El Che does not. This is something that no one with a passion for justice and equality can watch just once. It is treasure to have a documentary like this recorded about such a pivotal figure in human history.
In addition to Che's biography, the viewer is also treated to a short film about a man who takes a similar Motorcycle trip as Che did. He follows the exact same path and tries to see what Che saw. Of course much of what Che saw on his trip was missing at the time of the filming, but the viewer can get an idea of what the Argentina/Chile portion of the trip was like for him.
view then this is for you . If your a long time Che admirer there
is some very interesting interviews and some rarely seen footage,
the last 10 minutes are very moving . Bad points the very cheesey commentry lets this down , but not enough to stop you buying this worhtwhile video.