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The Motorcycle Diaries


The Motorcycle Diaries

Based on the diaries of "Che" Guevara, it follows his and his friend's motorcycle trip from Argentina to a leper colony to their ultimate destination of Venezuela.

History Lesson: The "Che" Guevara was born a well-off Argentinean who grew up to be a revolutionary most famous for helping Fidel Castro overthrow the Batista regime in Cuba. He started out an idealist, and indeed that is what he is most known for, but ended up being a totalitarian communist.

He is now mostly famous for being the guy in this picture:

From Time: http://www.time.com/time/time100/heroes/profile/guevara01.html


Language Lesson: In Argentinean Spanish, the word for "guy" or "dude" is "che". So you can say "hola che" which means "hey guy". Che Guevara's main focus was the "comman people", villagers and such. I assume he's named after the equivalent of "Joe Schmoe" for that reason. His real name was Ernesto Rafael Guevara de la Serna.

What I Thought

So this movie is when Che is in his 20's, a year before graduating from med school. He and his friend (who to this day has a medical clinic in Cuba) decide to travel across the South American continent.

Note to any political people: this was before he was a revolutionary, so this movie is in no way subversive, communist, socialist, or anything else. Just two 20-somethings biking through S. America.

I don't know what Paul Berman (http://slate.msn.com/id/2107100) was thinking when he forgot this important tidbit when ostensibly reviewing this movie.

Anyway, at parts funny and poignant, the movie was well done. The acting is superb, Che is well-played by an awesome Gael García Bernal, from Y Tu Mama Tambien (And Your Mother Too) and a few other big movies. The music is great as well.

This movie IS in Argentinean Spanish with subtitles. You have been warned.



All photos and text copyright Ryszard Kilarski, unless otherwise noted. Clip art, drawings, paintings are either free domain or copyrighted by the artists.