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May 23, 2008 -- CLINT Eastwood and Steven Soderbergh have premiered their ambitious new films at the Cannes Film Festival, where "No Country for Old
Men" and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" began their long march to the Oscars a year ago.
Overall, the buzz is much better for Eastwood's fact-based period drama "Changeling" - starring Angelina Jolie - than for Soderbergh's
"Che," a 41/2-hour epic about revolutionary Che Guevara that severely divided critics, one of whom compared it with the legendary flop
The consensus is that Jolie - who deserved but didn't get an Oscar nomination this year for "A Mighty Heart" - knocks it out of the park in
"Changeling," as a woman in 1928 Los Angeles whose son mysteriously disappears.
Several months later, the police claim to have found the son - and when she says it isn't him, she ends up in a mental institution. John Malkovich plays
a crusading radio evangelist who accuses the LAPD of covering up their failure to find a serial killer
"Changeling" (known as "L'echange" or "The Exchange" in France), which will be released in the US in November, has drawn
some comparisons with "Mystic River," nominated for a Best Picture Oscar after debuting at the 2003 Cannes festival. Sean Penn, who won a Best Actor
Oscar for the movie, is the head of the jury for this year's competition at Cannes for the Palme d'Or.
The other leading American contender in the competition - the winner will be announced tomorrow - is Soderbergh's "Che," starring Benicio Del
Toro, which supposedly will be released as two separate features in the United States.
But first it has to land a stateside distributor, a process that may be delayed by very mixed notices. Some virtually demanded that Soderbergh - who rushed
to complete the film in time for Cannes - re-edit it into a single feature of more conventional length or sell it to HBO as a miniseries.
While there were a few raves calling it another "Lawrence of Arabia," others were quick to label the Spanish-language "Che" (whose $60
million budget came from Europe) as one of Soderbergh's artsy, emotionally distanced experiments like the flops "Solaris" and "Full
Even some of those who praised Del Toro - he won an Oscar for Soderbergh's "Traffic" - questioned Soderbergh's decision to omit
Guevara's role in Cuba's mass executions and the persecution of homosexuals in partnership with Fidel Castro.
The director was defensive at a press conference that followed the marathon screening, at which sandwiches with Che's picture on them were handed out
during a 15-minute intermission.
"I've read the anti-Che literature out there," he said. "I get the arguments. I feel there's no amount of barbarity I could put on
the screen that would satisfy them."
Soderbergh continued: "I find it hilarious that people say that movies are too conventional and when [something comes out] that isn't conventional
they seem annoyed."
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Or maybe it's just an exceptionally long, background-laden prologue to "Guerrilla," which is linear, less efficient, more poetic and unhappy -
"The Assassination of Che Guevara by the Bolivian Special Forces." Left unseen, though not unmentioned, in the caesura: Guevara's divorce and
remarriage (to Aleida March, played in the film by Catalina Sandino Moreno), the execution of hundreds of members of the Batista regime at La Cabaña fortress,
the Cuban Missile Crisis, Castro's rise in power and Guevara's unsuccessful trip to the Congo. It begins with Guevara, having vanished from the public
eye, slipping into Bolivia, where he and friends from Cuba begin to recruit and train local forces for another enterprise in franchising revolution.
Guevara's half legend by now, and though he's going by "Ramon," potential guerrillas tremble when shaking his hand. A little older, a little
weary, Guevara's still a believer, though that belief is now cut with the knowledge that idealism goes better with overthrowing governments than with
establishing and maintaining new ones.
Camped out in the Bolivian jungle, Guevara starts once more from the beginning, but nothing takes - the national communist party, led by Mario Monje (Lou
Diamond Phillips), won't give them support, and the peasants have been seeded with mistrust. This time around they don't seem to ever get to the
fighting, just preparation, waiting, running and hiding, negotiating for goods to survive, and falling, one by one. Famous faces show up throughout all of
"Che" in unexpected places: "Raising Victor Vargas"'s Victor Rasuk is a 16-year-old recruit, Julia Ormond is actress/reporter Lisa
Howard, Franka Potente is Haydée Tamara Bunke Bider. Strangest of all, though, is Matt Damon, who appears in "Guerrilla" as a Spanish-speaking German
priest who claims to have been appointed by the peasants to request the guerrillas leave them alone, that Guevara and his forces aren't Bolivian, that
they'll never be trusted - outsiders once again. The days tick by on screen, approaching a year, as food grows scarce, run-ins with U.S. Special
Forces-taught troops turn out to be devastating, supporters are slaughtered and, even if you didn't know it was coming, it becomes obvious that Guevara is
going to die there, far from his family and adopted home.
It's something he seems aware of too, and it's in the lingering ends of the film that Del Toro
glows, his Che asthmatic, meditative in defeat and unfaltering, even when finally caught. "I believe in mankind," he tells his guard, a
statement of fact that precedes a preposterously guileless bid for escape, an all-in bet that doesn't pay off. But it's a belief that's truly
heroic, particularly in the face of the ugliness that quickly follows, and it's one that Soderbergh has managed, in "Che," to eulogize without
also having to canonize the man to whom it belonged.
[Photo: "Che," Laura Bickford Productions/Wild Bunch, 2008]
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25 September 2008 12:21 AM, PDT | From NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news
Let the festivities begin. Starting at about 7:30 tomorrow night, a black-tie assemblage of celebs and ordinary movie fans will stroll down the red carpet
at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall for the opening of the 46th edition of the New York Film Festival.
The opening selection is Laurent Cantet's "The Class," which took the top prize at Cannes in May and provides an inside look
at French education.
It's one of 28 films from 18 nations on the festival's main slate, ranging from high-profile crowd-pleasers to classics awaiting discovery.
Most talked about is Steven Soderbergh's "Che,
By V.A. MUSETTO
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