Saturday, October 23, 2004

Buena Vista Tinted Glasses

If you are quite so stubbornly ill-read that you enjoyed the Motorcycle Dairies film read this.

On seeing the film I felt sick at the sentimentality, and left bruised after having been beaten over the head with blunt messages and supremely simplistic characterization.

The only thing the film had going for it was the scenery.

I vaguely thought that I'd run through and compare the film with the actual diaries and Che's later accomplishments - then again few publications in New Zealand would be interested.

Now I don't have to, this is fantastic, so read it. Especially if you have reservations about the cult of Che. But more so if you are a fan.

I would go slightly further than the author and also point out that Guevara died taking the Bolivians a revolution they did not want and dwell more on the murderous crimes and extracts from Che's writing. I might also have observed that every thing they gave Che to run in newly Communist Cuba he did such an abysmal job that even Castro realised he was incapable - quite a feat in the kind of 'utopia' with no accountability.


At 2:32 AM, Blogger sagenz said...

Interesting, but unconvincing. I read on and on and on.. looking for hard evidence of some fundamental hypocrisy in Guevara's part, but found none. I was definitely one of those who knew little and came out of the movie recommending it with a revised view of che. The article confirms a view of callow and manipulative youth but that is not sufficient to condemn. A wonderful hagiography in other words. nothing more certainly.

At 6:19 PM, Blogger Simon Pound said...

well, it is there. try this also from slate, which is good,
also this is interesting, but from the Guardian so they hold their punches,6903,1258340,00.html
have a hunt around, try reading the last days of che, or any one of a hundred looks at the image vs the reality

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Rich said...

It's a movie eh!

Films are not impartial news bulletins or history texts - they are entertainment and also propaganda.

Offhand, I cannot think of any film on a factual subject that presents a balanced and truthful account. Look at "Pearl Harbor" or "Saving Private Ryan".

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I just read so on as well as on. nike jersey. searching for evidence of some rudimentary hypocrisy in Guevara's part, but found none. I had been certainly certainly one of individuals who understood little and arrived on the scene from the movie suggesting it having a modified look at che. nhl jerseys shop The content verifies a look at callow and tricky youth but that's not sufficient to condemn.


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