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(1969) N/A (N/A) (0) * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "A personal portrait of a political phenomenon and a view of the developments since the revolution a mere ten years before, "Fidel!" gives a rare glimpse into the everyday life of the Cuban people and their leader. Rather than simply focusing on the landmark moments in the political life of an indelible historical figure, "Fidel!" takes a sprawling look at the everyday life of the Cuban people and their president." CONSENSUS: "Filmed ten years after the Cuban Revolution, Landau’s landmark documentary is still as interesting, powerful, and relevant in our contemporary world as it was then. Following Fidel Castro, exploring his politics, person and philosophies, this film is for those with an interest in getting a glimpse at what made and perhaps makes the larger than life historical figure tick." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: My view of the world is unavoidably filtered by the U.S. media. I know that my eyes were opened to the American (governmental and military) influence in Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, Colombia and other Central and South American countries as I made my way pole to pole via bicycle from 1979-81. I met many fellow travelers who had been to Cuba, and thought this might fill in a few holes in my knowledge base. MY THOUGHTS: Make certain you watch the supplements for the director's motivations. It helps to know how he came to film this documentary, and judge what is presented (and more important, what isn't). I liked the travelogue nature of this doc, quite unusual in my experience. Also, the director, speaking in 2007 prior to Castro's illness and relinquishing power to his brother Raul, makes the point that we need to normalize our relations with Castro himself, because after he departs the scene, dealing with committees (Castro, the micromanager, could answer for everything himself) will present unnecessary roadblocks to normalization. It might be too late for the Obama administration; timing is everything. [New purchase by HCL]
posted Jul 22, 2009 at 1:55PM
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