The Northwest Film Center
and Cinema 21 will be presenting the special Road Show edition of CHE, with no titles or credits (a program will be distributed to the audience) and one intermission. In addition, director Soderbergh will be in attendance to introduce and discuss the film its opening weekend (March 13 14).
Che is one of the most ambitious biopics ever conceived, and one of the more astute political films ever made by an American. A collaboration between director Steven Soderbergh and lead actor Benicio Del Toro, CHE is an attempt to encapsulate the life of Che Guevara, the doctor turned revolutionary, through two feature films of equal length but shot in two wholly different styles. Part One is called "The Revolutionary," and chronicles Che and Fidel Castro's toppling of the Batista government in Cuba in the late 1950s. Part Two, "Guerilla," follows Che as he attempts to foment revolution in Bolivia. Taken together, "you can smell the gun smoke and taste the cigars," according to Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe. Del Toro offers a "tour de force performance," in the eyes of MaryAnn Johanson of Flick Filosopher, and Peter Canavese of Groucho Reviews writes that CHE is a "complex production mounted, with confidence and a scrupulous eye for detail, by one of our great American filmmakers." "The director has approached his subject as the complicated human being he was in life, not the overblown symbol he has become since his death," notes Kurt Loder of MTV. For Beverly Berning of culturevulture.net CHE is "a revelation, an enlightening analysis of a man whose devotion to a political movement defined his life." For Brian Tallerico of Movie Retriever CHE is "both a subtle commentary on failed political ideals and an amazingly detailed character piece," adding that CHE "is like no movie you've seen in a long time. It's one of the best of 2008."