Che: Part One 2008

Che starts with a geography lesson. What one must understand about the film from the outset is that, like war, it is only about land to begin with.

The film is divided into two parts, the Argentine and Guerilla, each of which contributes to answering the question posed by Edwin Starr in the 1970s: “War, What Is It Good For?” To wit: for taking land by force from those who control it, that’s what it’s good for. The real supposition that the two films make is that war must also be about something else, which is described by Che Guevara as “the x factor” in the first film and is conspicuously absent from the second film. The something else is power: hearts and minds, as the American military likes to put it. No government can stand for long without at least tacit support of the governed masses; as such, no revolutionary force can be successful without the tacit support of the body governed by the ruling force.
* Benicio del Toro plays Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
* Benjamín Benítez as Harry “Pombo” Villegas
* Julia Ormond as Lisa Howard
* Armando Riesco as Benigno
* Catalina Sandino Moreno as Aleida March
* Demian Bichir as Fidel Castro
* Rodrigo Santoro as Raul Castro
* Santiago Cabrera as Camilo Cienfuegos
* Elvira Minguez as Celia Sanchez
* Edgar Ramirez as Ciro Redondo
* Alfredo De Quesada as Israel Pardo
* Roberto Santana as Juan Almeida Bosque
* Victor Rasuk as Rogelio Acevedo

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