Che

Che

Part One, The Argentine

DVD - 2010 | Spanish
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The first part of a two part epic, The Argentine is an inspiring tale of a man whose fierce determination and unflinching spirit turned him into a hero to disadvantaged people throughout the world. Part One focuses on the Cuban revolution.
Publisher: [Chatswood, N.S.W.] : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment (Australasia), c2010.
Branch Call Number: DVD SPA CHE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (ca. 126 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Soderbergh, Steven 1963-

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TheeAvebury
Mar 03, 2016

I was kind of underwhelmed by this biopic- with Soderbergh and Del Toro involved I was expecting something greater.

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lsmir
Mar 26, 2015

A bit violent, a bit long, but overall worthy of the effort to watch it. A very thorough account of the pre-revolution times. Guevara's personality really comes through in the small actions he takes along the way.

Atticus14 Sep 19, 2014

This is a really good film. No wonder why corporate America and their minions hate this guy - he fought for the poor. Yes, he vilified America but you must keep it in perspective. The American elite supports puppet regimes that oppress the natives while using someone else's country as their personal country club. We wouldn't like it and neither did they. Regardless of his beliefs, Che was a man of conviction.

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kenmcelroy
Apr 08, 2011

Part 1, in a word, phenomenal!

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joseph
Oct 27, 2009

Che (2008) Benecio Del Toro is probably the perfect actor to play legendary freedom fighter Ernesto “Che” Guevara (1928 – 1967). Che was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual, guerrilla leader, military theorist, and major figure of the Cuban Revolution. Both Che: Part One and Two were originally screened back to back at Cannes. The following review looks at both parts of the film individually.

Good – Che: Part One (2008) 134 min. Part 1 focused on Che’s work in helping Fidel Castro stage a revolution in Cuba overthrowing U.S. friendly dictator Batista. In hindsight, Che was a social consultant using military force in over-throwing dictators in countries where the poor were extremely mistreated. After Cuba, Che worked in the Congo and then in Bolivia. The details of the events leading up to the march on Havana are depicted with honesty and truth. You’ll witness jungle warfare as Guevara marches through Cuba with his fellow guerrillas. The last scene in the film defines who Ernesto Guevara was all about.

Fair – Che: Part Two (2008) 135 min. In Part 2, the focus moves away from Cuba and lands on Bolivia, another country led by a dictator. Though in Cuba, Che seemed to passionate for Cuban freedom; in Bolivia, it seemed as if his actions were tired and mechanical –he believed what he was doing was right, but it felt like he lost touch with the cause. As such, the action in the film is subdued replacing the excitement of sacrificing everything for a cause to doing what must be done because that’s what is expected. The result – you have a dull and uninspired Part Two.

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