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"Che" makes its U.S. debut

Deltoro_2  Che, director Steven Soderbergh's already-controversial, two-part epic about the life and death of Ernesto "Che" Guevara (played by Benicio del Toro), still has not secured a U.S. distributor since it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. But the two films will be shown at the 46th New York Film Festival, which runs Sept. 26-Oct. 12.

Other films in the lineup, which was announced today, include: Laurent Cantet's The Class, a look at high school life featuring actual students and teachers, which is the opening night film (and won the Palme d'Or at Cannes); Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, which stars Mickey Rourke as a retired pro wrestler (and sounds a lot more accessible - and commercial - than The Fountain); Clint Eastwood's much-acclaimed Changeling, about a woman (Angelina Jolie) searching for her missing son in 1928 L.A.; and Ashes of Time Redux, Wong Kar Wai's recut and reshaped new version of his first (and only) martial arts movie.

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Che is in hell

I wonder if the movie about Che's life and death will include the facts about his torturing and killing innocent Cubans immediately following his misbegotten revolution's success? Oh, this is a Hollywood movie. Nevermind. This coward will be portrayed as a hero to be admired and whose face America's youth should wear on T-Shirts.

Lou

Viva che....

Cane75

of course Che won't be shown ordering hapless Cubans to their deaths, and as all of Hollywood knows he was really there to help the "peasant led" Cuban revolution and establish order and harmony. If anybody thinks this movie represents anything other than delusional distortion, then obviously they know nothing of Cuban history or Che.

Felix Prieto

Che the MURDERER is burning in Hell while he waits for his partner in crime, Fidel Castro, to arrive shortly. Watch the movie "The Lost City" by Andy Garcia, so you can see for yourself what a PIG the Che really was. Also check out therealcuba.com to see actual pictures of people being MURDERED by Che in his firing squads, including Americans.

Kelvin Ho

Obviously those who consider Che a murderer don't know or understand the history of Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Guevara was and still is an inspirational figure who led the poor against the corruption of the higher-class. Why do you think the United States, the stench of capitalism, keeps painting negative images of Che? Or Fidel? Or Hugo Chavez? Because they don't fit in the exploitive American system? Probably so. Let's face it; there is no revolution without bloodshed. Even Malcolm X said so. And they are revolutionarist. People sometimes have to die for the world to change. Look at how many lost lives African-Americans had to suffer for them to get to the point where they are now. It's funny how American media paint Che or other's as murderers. How about Bush? One missile alone could have killed more than Che ever could. How about Clinton? Reagan? Kennedy? Lincoln? Washington? All murderers. At least with Che, he had to fight for justice for the lower class while Bush is fighting a war to make the rich get richer. So yeah, keep on living in your air-tight bubble where American media keeps painting false ideal images about themselves while defacing others.

Cane75

Mr. Ho you are truly the epitome of a "useful idiot" to Castro's Cuba

Guy Pines

No wondering is necessary about what the movie portrays. The first part deals with a successful revolution (Cuba), while the second part deals with an unsuccessful one (Bolivia). Che's role in Cuba after the overthrow of Batista is left out.

I can only speculate (and my knowledge of the film is based solely on A.O. Scott's Cannes review from the Times), but I would imagine Soderbergh wanted to show Che's character through this point-counterpoint set-up -- heady success and fatal failure at the same game.

To suggest that the decision of such an accomplished artist as Soderbergh to leave out what atrocities Che committed in Cuba post-1959 reflects a Hollywood desire to glorify Che is nothing more than the rank surmise of the politically deranged.

Chris Camacho

Although by now it shouldn't (because I've live a substantial part of my adult life here), I never cease to be astonished at the brazen way ex-Cubans in Miami invent, reinvent and repeat tired, worn out lies about Che Guevara, especially about his alleged atrocities in Cuba after the triumph of the insurrection that toppled the US/Mafia regime in Havana.

I guess old habits die hard...

jaguar

Jeez, I don't know who is worse, Kelvin Ho, who celebrates the summary execution of political prisoners in pursuit of his glorious revolution, or Chris Camacho, who blindly denies these horrors ever ocurred.
Kelvin is at least honest in his praise of evil, while Chris simply, and I suspect dishonestly, denies reality. Both deserve a seat beside Che and Fidel (soon enough) in hell.

rod phanord

y dont u cubasns who think u r white point out that che& Castro sought out to punish the white/light skinned cubans who terrorized and even killed darker skinned black cubans who could not even walk the streets of cuba after dark because of the racist mind set white cubans had and still have to this day..no matter what u think Che is an immortal symbol of justice who is revered and respected all over theworld except 4 da republican cubans who support criminals like bush but speak of ill of Castro & Che becausethey chose to rid their country of mobsters and thugs who had turned cuba into gangsta's paradise

RESISTING ARREST WITH VIOLENCE

Remember what Mark Twain said comparing the Terror of the French Revolution with the Terror of the Monarchy which preceded it:

There were two "Reigns of Terror," if we would but remember it and consider it; the one wrought murder in hot passion, the other in heartless cold blood; the one lasted mere months, the other had lasted a thousand years; the one inflicted death upon ten thousand persons, the other upon a hundred millions; but our shudders are all for the "horrors" of the minor Terror, the momentary Terror, so to speak; whereas, what is the horror of swift death by the axe, compared with lifelong death from hunger, cold, insult, cruelty, and heart-break? What is swift death by lightning compared with death by slow fire at the stake? A city cemetery could contain the coffins filled by that brief Terror which we have all been so diligently taught to shiver at and mourn over; but all France could hardly contain the coffins filled by that older and real Terror -- that unspeakably bitter and awful Terror which none of us has been taught to see in its vastness or pity as it deserves.

Mark Twain, writing about the French Revolution, in "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." Chapter XIII

Shadowed By The Secret Police

United Fruit Co. by poet Pablo Neruda (Nobel Laureate) from Canto General

When the trumpet blared everything
on earth was prepared
and Jehova distributed the world
to Coca Cola Inc., Anaconda,
Ford Motors and other entities:
United Fruit Inc.
reserved for itself the juiciest,
the central seaboard of my land,
America's sweet waist.
It rebabtized its lands
the "Banana Republics,"
and upon the slumbering corpses,
upon the restless heroes
who conquered renown,
freedom, flags,
it established the comic opera:
it alienated self-destiny,
regaled Caesar's crowns,
unsheathed envy, attracted
the tyrannical reign of the flies:
Trujillo flies, Tacho flies,
Carías flies, Martínez flies,
Ubico flies, flies soaked
in humble blood and jam,
drunken flies that drone
over the common graves,
circus flies, clever flies
versed in tyranny.Among the bloodthirsty flies
the Fruit Co. disembarks,
ravaging coffee and fruits
for its ships that spirit away
our submerged lands' treasures
like serving trays. Meanwhile, in the seaports'
sugary abysses,
Indians collapsed, buried
in the morning mist:
a body rolls down, a nameless
thing, a fallen number,
a bunch of lifeless fruit
dumped in the rubbish heap.

http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/47/043.html
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cold.war/episodes/18/interviews/hunt/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixxgeCrB1ic

From France

Che was a murderer, a communist orthodox who only thought about taking power through war. His diary is typical of a psychotic. He preaches violence, hatred and dictatorship. His most admired hero was another murderer, Mao from China. Take a look at this video in which people who knew him, were with him, describe the character, including Benigno Alarcon, who lives in Paris today and knew him from the begining:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8U-bhwNOD4...hp%3Ft%3D264958

From France

Sorry the video didn't come out. Look for "Che Guevara - Anatomía de Un Mito" in www.youtube.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8U-bhwNOD4&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Enoticierodigital%2Ecom%2Fforum%2Fviewtopic%2Ephp%3Ft%3D264958

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