Cube X Presents Che Double Bill Che: Parts 1 And 2
Sat 30 May 2009 // 19:30
(Sat 30th May / 6:30pm for 7pm start/ £8 or £5 each film)
Che: The Argentine (Part 1)
(Steven Soderbergh / 2008 / France/Spain/USA / 126 minutes / cert 15)
The first part of Soderbergh's bio-pic focuses on Che Guevara's leadership in the jungle and town fighting that led up to the fall of Havana in the 1959, cut with scenes of him addressing the UN in New York in 1964. It's a film about the mental and physical demands of guerilla warfare and about Che discovering his natural abilities as a leader. Soderbergh skilfully mixes thrilling action scenes with quiet details. Benicio Del Toro gives a mesmerising performance in a role he seemed born to play; the sometimes ruthless, sometimes quiet and philosophical doctor turned revolutionary, whose passion was dampened by his chronic asthma.
Che: Guerilla (Part 2)
(Steven Soderbergh / 2008 / Spain/France/USA / 131 mins / cert 15)
If Che: The Argentine showed the rise of Guevara as an inspiring leader in Cuba, part two of Soderbergh's epic documents his fall, a decade later, during his attempt to spearhead a revolution in the jungles of Bolivia. Benicio Del Toro is outstanding again as a man whose political vision and belief in his methods kept him fighting on despite an overwhelming opposition funded by the CIA, failing health and apathy and betrayal from the poor people he was fighting for.