I can’t remember the first time I ever heard of Che Guevara, but I remember that the first time I felt really interested in him was during my senior year of high school, when my Spanish class took a trip to the International Center of Photography in Manhattan. We were going to see an exhibit about the Spanish Civil War, but I ended up wandering around and finding myself in a small room lined with photos of the execution of Ernesto “Che” Guevara. I read the story of how he had been executed by Bolivian forces aided by the CIA, and of how he had bravely faced death. I saw the image of his lifeless body – preserved with formaldehyde (so that no one would doubt that he was really dead) – and I was thoroughly moved. Then, a couple of other students walked in, and one of them asked me who was this Che Guevara person? I tried to explain that he had been a leader of the Cuban revolution. But is he a good guy, or a bad guy? the student persisted. I said that it depends on your beliefs. Just then, the other student interjected, He was a communist. The first student immediately said, Oh, communism is bad, and lost interest.
Last movie. Final analysis to come!
Bloody Che Contra
So close to being done. Two more films, and then a final analysis.
El Che: Investigating a Legend