Che: Part One (2008) Poster

(2008)

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  • About 80% of the movie is in Spanish, but it is subtitled.

  • "Balderrama" by Mercedes Sosa. It had been recorded by her previously before the soundtrack to this movie was released. It's available from iTunes. It's also at the close of Part 2.

  • Yes and no. There are a few scenes where Che discusses his political philosophy (Marxist-Leninist). There are also a few scenes in Part 1, shown in grainy black & white, where he addresses the United Nations in 1964 and warns against the dangers of imperialist influence in Latin America. However, there are little or no historical scenes where we see how Che adopted his political views. Part 1's focus is mainly on the guerrilla war that Che fought with Fidel Castro to free Cuba from the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

  • The man who took the car, Rogelio Acevedo, took the car from a Cuban army sniper, essentially stealing it. Che & Castro's mission in Cuba was, most importantly, to convince the people they considered "peasants" (farmers, manual laborers, etc) that there would be equality after Batista was overthrown. Therefore, Che probably thought it would look bad if one of his high-ranking officers was seen driving a fancy car. You could also argue that Che and Fidel both believed it was wrong to steal from any Cuban, especially when they had strict rules about stealing or harming civilians.

  • In 3 locations: Puerto Rico, which has a similar landscape to Cuba; tropical rain forest. The 2nd location was the city of Campeche on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, which stood in for the Cuban city of Santa Clara. Soderbergh reportedly spent several months looking for a Central American city that was close in appearance to Santa Clara. The 3rd location was the United Nations headquarters building in New York City. Soderbergh shot a few scenes of Che addressing the UN right before the place was remodeled.

  • Santa Clara lies about 180 miles east of Havana. Castro's goal was to divide Cuba in two. By taking the city of Santa Clara, Castro and Guevara split the country in half. On the eastern end of the island, the major cities, including Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city overall, had already surrendered or were on the verge of capitulating. After Santa Clara, all that was left was Havana and the countryside. Without a means of support from the capital, the Cuban army was isolated and demoralized. Once Batista was informed that his attempt to hold Santa Clara had failed, he fled Cuba.

  • The area of Santa Clara near the church was heavily fortified by Cuban Army troops. Every street, square and alleyway was so effectively covered that Che's men couldn't get close to the church. Also, you may have noticed the two Cuban Army snipers in the church's bell towers, who probably had the surrounding area well covered. By breaking through the walls Che's men were able to achieve a surprise attack on the snipers. The strategy was quite effective despite being labor intensive, and the snipers were ambushed.

  • It's the name of the movement adopted by Castro and his rebels during the revolution. Officially called the "July 26th Movement".

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