|The Motorcycle Diaries
||[ Sunday, 12 Dec 04 | 10:14 ]
Yesterday my son, Jon, and I went to see The Motorcycle Diaries or Diarios de motocicleta. It is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he, and best friend Alberto Granado, had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s.
The theatre, in Albany, had a substantial display of photos and quotes from Che's life and we were surprised by this apparent work of love. We didn't know beforehand that the movie was in castellano with subtitles. I had trouble with the Argentinian accent. But there was a Peruvian indian that I could understand perfectly, go figure!
The movie was shot in typical cinelatino style, very cinema verite. The Motorcycle Diariess is an adaptation of a journal written by Ernesto "Che" Guevara when he was 23 years old. He and his friend, Alberto Granado are typical college students who, seeking fun and adventure before graduation, decide to travel across Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Peru in order to do their medical residency at a leper colony. Beginning as a buddy/road movie in which Ernesto and Alberto are looking for chicks, fun and adventure before they must grow up and have a more serious life. As is said in the film itself, it's about "two lives running parallel for a while." The two best friends start off with the same goals and aspirations, but by the time the film is over, it's clear what each man's destiny has become.
Granado, who is still alive in Cuba, comes off as somewhat conniving whereas Che is portrayed as being more upfront and frank. There were a few scenes that sowed the seeds of Che's radicalization, but few outright polemics.
Chuck says check it out, especially if haven't seen this style of movie making.