Thursday, May 22, 2008

Speaking of conservatives...

...they'll be checking the batteries on their laptops because we're going to be hearing a lot about Soderbergh's two-part, not-what-you-expect, leave-out-the-bad-stuff, Che Guevara biopic. (Indiewire)

Good thing then, as far as my opinion is concerned, that Soderbergh doesn't have a rabble-rousing bone in his body. "Che" benefits greatly from certain Soderberghian qualities that don't always serve his other films well, e.g., detachment, formalism, and intellectual curiosity. The two parts of "Che" treat two discrete periods in Ernesto Guevara's life: his participation in the Cuban revolution of 1957-59, wherein he was Fidel Castro's second in overthrowing the tyrannical Batista regime is depicted in "Guerilla"; his dreadfully abortive attempt to spread Latin-American revolution in Bolivia from 1966 to 1967 in the subject of "The Argentine." This structure very conveniently elides the period wherein Che, as effective co-head of Castro's Cuban government, presided over mass executions, the persecution of homosexuals, the ruination of the island's economy, the ill-fated alliance with the Soviet Union, and so on.

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