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Monday, August 9, 2010

The emblem of revolution: Ernesto “Che” Guevara

Last year, I watched Che: part one and two at the theater. It was great, intense, poetic and inspirational. Finally, I watched the “The Motorcycle Diaries” over the weekend. Now, I can have my own review on both versions of Che Guevara. 
      In the motorcycle diaries, the Che had a compassionate attitude toward the leprosy colony ward. He is also portrayed as man who tells his truth regardless of consequences. This movie is about spiritual growth and consciousness. My favorite quotes are from Ernesto Guevara de la Serna: “This isn't a tale of heroic feats. It's about two lives running parallel for a while, with common aspirations and similar dreams.” “Wandering around our America has changed me more than I thought. I am not me any more. At least I'm not the same me I was.”
     As for the two parts movie, Che: It is about his personal passions. It is about the leader, the trademark, the revolutionary, the man. Benicio Del Toro amazingly delivers the struggle within his desires, his personal demons, and his political beliefs. After his death, Sartre declared him to be "not only an intellectual but also the most complete human being of our age” and the "era's most perfect man." Sartre also said of him that "he lived his words, spoke his own actions and his story and the story of the world ran parallel."
     That is why, I love a scene when the Che unveiled his crisp realistic view of our human parade. He warns his young zealous translator with “Little boy, no one is so necessary or indispensable in this life. Don’t go thinking that you are indispensable.” In my opinion this sentence alone was the essence of his power. He was balanced enough to be aware of his talents and humbled by reality. I am convinced that his perpetual asthmatic episodes did contribute to his mysterious devotion to humanity, justice, and solidarity.I will remember him as “the revolutionary foreigner" who did fight for universal justice and unity.

Few quotes from Ernesto “Che” Guevara himself”
Man and Socialism in Cuba (1965)
A school of artistic experimentation is invented, which is said to be the definition of freedom; but this “experimentation” has its limits, imperceptible until there is a clash, that is, until the real problems of individual alienation arise. Meaningless anguish or vulgar amusement thus become convenient safety valves for human anxiety. The idea of using art as a weapon of protest is combated. Those who play by the rules of the game are showered with honors — such honors as a monkey might get for performing pirouettes. The condition is that one does not try to escape from the invisible cage.

Letter to his Children (1965)
Your father has been a man who acted according to his beliefs and certainly has been faithful to his convictions.

Grow up as good revolutionaries. Study hard to be able to dominate the techniques that permit the domination of nature. Remember that the Revolution is what is important and that each of us, on our own, is worthless.

Above all, try always to be able to feel deeply any injustice committed against any person in any part of the world. It is the most beautiful quality of a revolutionary.

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