The iconic pop-art image of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara stood for the heroic struggle of the Cuban revolution, and Western middle class youth could affiliate or pose with the aspirations of the world's poor to transcend oppression.
Motorcycle Diaries Movie Summary Motorcycle Diaries Directed by Walter Salles As most potential viewers know, this film is based on diaries and letters to home written by Ernesto "Che" Guevara during a motorcycle and foot tour of a significant portion of South America during the early s, years before Guevara achieved international renown as a Communist and Latino revolutionary.
Thus, the film functions as an attempt to get at the heart of the person who preceded the myth. The film is therefore difficult to judge as pure cinema. Is this, on its own merits, a great film? Or is it a great film about Che Guevara? Interestingly, the person I saw this film with knew absolutely nothing about the subject of the film before it started, and did not connect Ernesto Guevara with Che Guevara until very late in the film.
Her reaction was interesting. Until she realized that it was about Che, she says that she considered it a decent but only slightly above average "road" picture, but it gained considerably in her estimation once she realized who the film was about.
I think she was correct, and I would agree with those who feel that what merits the film has depends to some degree on who the film is about.
If Ernesto hadn't become Che, it would be a good film but of considerably less interest than it is. The film does a good job of rooting Che's eventual concern with the liberation of the oppressed by depicting his broad and constant encounters with everyday people throughout the continent.
Camus wrote that it was important to side with the victims and not the executioners, and in his travels Ernesto spends most of his time with the victims. His near-epic exposure to the continent clearly condition his sympathies and inform his vision.
At the end of the film it is easy to understand why Che chose a life dedicated to aiding the oppressed in Cuba and elsewhere. The great question left unanswered, and the one reason one can find Che's life morally troubling, is why he felt that the causes he espoused demanded a violent, military response.
Why follow in the steps of Trotsky and Lenin rather than Gandhi? Apart from a single line which merely hints that Che felt violence might be necessary, the film doesn't come anywhere close to answering this question.The Motorcycle Diaries, directed by Walter Salles traces an mile journey of two close friends, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, who would become.
Sep 24, · A O Scott reviews movie The Motorcycle Diaries, directed by Walter Salles and starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna; photos (M).
Walter Salles' "The Motorcycle Diaries"; On the Road, Without Much Substance. Back to IndieWire and Salles doesn’t even go near any political analysis of the causes of the unjust economic. Walter Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries is based on Che Guevara’s Los Diarios de Motocicleta and Alberto Granado’s Con el Che por America Latina.
Using the example of Guevara’s personal evolution on his trip across South America, this section of the site will compare two significant scenes from the film and Guevara’s text to portray the. The Motorcycle Diaries (Spanish: Diarios de motocicleta) is a biopic about the journey and written memoir of the year-old Ernesto Guevara, who would several years later become internationally known as the iconic Marxist guerrilla commander and revolutionary Che Guevara.
The older, a year-old biochemist named Alberto Granado, is still alive and appears at the very end of “The Motorcycle Diaries,” Walter Salles’s stirring and .