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Dear Fidel (2001)
"Lieber Fidel - Maritas Geschichte" (original title)

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Marita Lorenz, the daughter of a German sea captain, recalls how she became the mistress of Fidel Castro in Havana soon after the Cuban revolution in 1959. After being six months pregnant ... See full summary »

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Marita Lorenz, the daughter of a German sea captain, recalls how she became the mistress of Fidel Castro in Havana soon after the Cuban revolution in 1959. After being six months pregnant with his baby, she was drugged and given a near fatal abortion. She was then recruited by the CIA and Mafia to assassinate Castro, but she threw away the poison pills just before she met Fidel. She then worked for the CIA in Florida and, in 1962, had a daughter while she was the mistress of an ex-dictator of Venezuela. She later married an FBI agent, by whom she had a son, and they spied on UN diplomats in a New York apartment. She claimed her spying days were over when she testified, in the 1977 Kennedy Assassination Inquiry, about her connection to Frank Sturgis and Lee Harvey Oswald. Written by Will Gilbert

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Ghosts from the past

This is a fascinating documentary on the life of a forgotten player in the cold war: Marita Lorenz. She was Fidel Castro's mistress for a few months in 1959, then left Cuba and settled in the US, where she started working for the CIA. She knew Lee Harvey Oswald and the conspirators around him, and was almost killed (her version) for her inside knowledge.

I kept waiting to see Judith Campbell Exner, Jim Garrison, the Warren Commission members, any of those conspiracy stalwarts from the Sixties, but no luck. Apart from interviews with a couple of retired operatives, it's all Marita, in a blend of three languages and memories going back to the war. This is the perfect companion film to Oliver Stone's JFK.


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