Hasta La Victoria Siempre

When Che Guevara died, Fidel Castro himself told Santiago Alvarez to make his obituary film, and he gave him 48 hours in which to do it. What Santiago created was a feat in resourcefulness and ingenuity as well as a moving testament to a man who lived and died for his cause. As I said in my review of LBJ, because of the environment in which Santiago made his films, there is an obvious propaganda element to his work, but it’s also obvious that he took great pride and care in constructing this film on the life of a man revered as a hero the world over. It shows him fighting in Bolivia and giving speeches at the U.N. In the era to come, many leaders would betray their espoused principles and the people they were supposed to protect, but that cannot be said for Che. He lived and died true to his ideals. What Santiago’s film holds up highest is that, with an implicit admonishment to let it be said for all of us.

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