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Che: Part One (The Argentine)

Che: Part One

Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Spain, France, 2008
Biography, Drama, History


The first film in this two-part Che Guevara epic tracks Che’s rise in the Cuban Revolution, from doctor to commander to revolutionary hero. After joining Fidel Castro’s rebels and journeying to Cuba in 1956, he quickly grasps the art of guerrilla warfare, ultimately toppling Batista’s dictatorship.

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Che: Part One (The Argentine) Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Soderbergh’s Che is humanized, in the sense of an otherworldly figure stripped of its glorious mantle and returned to his mortal dimension. This is why The Argentine’s narrative scaffolding—with its constant crisscrossing between New York and Cuba, between myth in the making and consolidated icon—is so illuminating
June 15, 2019
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[In Che: Part Two,] the Cuba map from the overture of Part One clicks: these maps represent not just a geography, but a plan of attack. Now we know what we’re in for in Bolivia – and perhaps, elsewhere. The battle for Bolivia is thus a bigger wager than that of an exported national revolution – it is a test of the historical inevitability of communism in Latin America.
November 29, 2010
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It is only by watching the two films together that one fully comprehends the pity and the terror that are the mark of that most rare of film narratives—a genuine tragedy—and recognizes its fatally flawed hero as a martyr in the doomed twentieth-century struggle against global capitalism.
January 19, 2010
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