The Argentine: The Book of the Movie "The Argentine" from Steven Soderbergh Starring Benicio del Toro as Che by Ernesto Che GuevaraThe book of the new, two-part epic movie on Che Guevara starring Benicio Del Toro as the legendary revolutionary.
Director Steven Soderbergh has based his two-part movie Che (Part 1: The Argentine and Part 2: Guerrilla) on two classic diaries written by Che Guevara: Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War (an account of the guerrilla movement led by Fidel Castro that overthrew the Batista dictatorship in 1959) and Bolivian Diary (Ches famous, unfinished diary discovered in his backpack when he was captured and killed in Bolivia in October 1967).
Che includes a selection from each book, showing the young Argentines evolution from the wide-eyed medical student of the Motorcycle Diaries-era to the revolutionary hero the world knows as Che.
Features: Key excerpts from Ches Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War, his final Bolivian Diary, and his fiery address to the UN General Assembly, New York in December 1964. Ches first encounter with Fidel Castro in Mexico, when he immediately commits himself to join the guerrilla expedition to Cuba. The dramatic moment when Che has to decide his future either as a doctor or a guerrilla fighter, symbolized by the choice of two backpacks: one with medicine, the other with ammunition. Ches poetic letter to his parents before he sets out on the fateful Bolivia mission. Maps, chronology, and a useful glossary. 24 pages of original photos from the period Movie tie-in cover. Blurbs by Benicio del Toro and Steven Soderbergh.
Also published in Spanish this season is Che: Los Diarios de Ernesto Che Guevara, 978-1-921235-48-1.
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The second part of Steven Soderbergh's biographic film of the life of Che Guevara is much more straightforward - and depressing - than the first. It concentrates almost wholly on the debacle of Guevara's final campaign fought in Bolivia between and , a campaign which ended in his tragic death. There is symmetry between parts one and two of the film. Soderbergh charts the rise and fall of Guevara through the films and looks the voluntarism behind his political ideas, a voluntarism which insisted that, "It is not necessary to wait for the conditions to be right to begin the revolution - the insurrectional guerrilla group can create them. The first film details the victory of the Cuban revolution and the amazing story of how a handful of idealists sparked the overthrow of a dictatorship and became an inspiration to the oppressed across the world. It takes us from the first meeting of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, in a Mexican flat, to the victory of the Cuban revolution and the rise of Guevara as a figure of international significance.
Che Guevara is conventionally depicted either as a saint of revolution, or a ruthless executioner. Steven Soderbergh's epic biography "Che" doesn't feel the need to define him. It is not written from the point of view of history, but from Guevara's own POV on a day-to-day basis in the process of overthrowing the Batista regime in Cuba and then failing to repeat his success in Bolivia. Both parts of the film are based on his writings, including a diary in Bolivia written in the field, day to day. The film plays in two parts, named "The Argentine" and "Guerrilla.
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Soderbergh and the screenwriter, Peter Buchman, restrict themselves to a narrow register of themes and effects. This is a very long song composed in about three notes. Its motifs are facial hair, tobacco smoke and earnest militant bombast. The excellent score, less austere in its moods and effects, is by Alberto Iglesias. Those bits, shot in a gorgeously grainy mock-antique black-and-white, offer a bit of visual relief from the long slog through the Cuban countryside, as well as providing an occasion for defiant revolutionary apologetics. Journalists interview him in purring, fawning tones.