You’ll Never Forget His Face

But which Che you remember is a different story

Every icon has their niche: John Lennon had love. Marilyn Monroe had her skirt. But when it comes to Ernesto “Che” Guevara, things get blurry. Some folks sport Che’s infamous, two-tone visage on their T-shirts as a symbol of free-thinking rebellion. Others — mostly those who read history books — believe Che was a cold-blooded killer and Castro’s partner in crime. No matter what side of the aisle you sit on, it’d be worth your while to check out the new film starring Benicio Del Toro based on the rebel’s life, Che.

Clocking in at over four hours, Che is a bit too long to run whole. Instead, it’s being shown as two films. (At least someone is looking out for your buttocks.) Part one: Che is a young rebel, a physician, and the new buddy of Fidel Castro. The pair sails to Cuba to overthrow the corrupt dictator Fulgencio Batista, and Che becomes the commander of the revolution. Part two begins at the zenith of his power: Che disappears from Cuba abruptly only to later reemerge in Bolivia, where he organizes a group to fight the Latin American Revolution.

If you can handle the film in its entirety, the two parts can even be seen back to back at the Lake Worth Playhouse, located at 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth. Tickets cost $8 a piece; the film runs till January 29. Call 561-586-6410, or visit lakeworthplayhouse.org.
Jan. 23-29, 2009

 
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