Che [Criterion Collection] [3 Discs] [DVD] [2008]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Che: part one-
  • New audio commentary featuring Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che Guevara: a revolutionary life
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Che: part two-
  • New audio commentary featuring Anderson
  • The supplements-
  • Making "Che," new documentary featuring Soderbergh, producer Laura Brickford, actor-producer Benicio Del Toro, and writers Peter Buchman and Benjamin Van Der Veen
  • Interviews with participants in and historians of the cuban revolution and Che's bolivian campaign
  • End of a revolution, a short documentary made in Bolivia right after Che's execution in 1967
  • "Che" and the digital cinema revolution!, an original video piece looking at the red camera and its effect on modern film production
  • Deleted scenes
  • Booklet featuring an essay by critic Amy Taubin

Synopsis

Che
Nearly 40 years after Che Guevara's execution in Bolivia, director Steven Soderbergh retraces the life of the iconic Cuban revolutionary in this nearly four-and-a-half-hour saga. Part 1 begins on November 26, 1956, as Fidel Castro (Demián Bichir) sails into Cuban waters with 80 rebels in tow. Among those rebels is Argentine doctor Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Benicio Del Toro), a man who shares Castro's dream of overthrowing corrupt dictator Fulgencio Batista. As the struggle gets under way, Guevara proves an indispensable part of the revolution due to his firm grasp on the concepts of guerilla warfare. Guevara is heartily embraced by both his comrades and the Cuban people, and quickly rises through the ranks to become first a commander, and ultimately a revolutionary hero. Part 2 of the saga begins with Guevara at the absolute peak of his fame and power. Disappearing suddenly, Guevara subsequently resurfaces in Bolivia to organize a modest group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits in preparation for the Latin American Revolution. But while the Bolivian campaign would ultimately fail, the tenacity, sacrifice, and idealism displayed by Guevara during this period would make him a symbol of heroism to followers around the world. Part 1 and Part 2 were screened together as Che at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, and also received a limited theatrical release under that same title in U.S. theaters later that same year. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Benicio Del Toro
    Benicio Del Toro - Ernesto "Che" Guevara
  • Demián Bichir
    Demián Bichir - Fidel Castro
  • Santiago Cabrera
    Santiago Cabrera - Camillo Cienfuegos
  • Jorge Perugorría
    Jorge Perugorría - Joaquin
  • Edgar Ramirez
    Edgar Ramirez - Ciro Redondo
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