Today’s New York Times has a sneak preview of the new Steven Soderbergh Che film, from Cannes, where its reporter, A.O. Scott got a peek. The film is presently 4-1/2 hours long, and split into two parts; the first, dealing with Che’s role in the Cuban Revolution and the second, the insurgency in Bolivia. A.O. Scott, evidently trained in the U.S. method of “objective” reporting, where you give mathematically equal space to both sides, even when one of the sides is an obvious lie buttressed by an eternity of disinformation, complains that Che’s “brutal role in turning a revolutionary movement into a dictatorship goes virtually unmentioned.”
Okay, well, that would be called fiction.
Soderbergh’s film is not a documentary, obviously, but must it include every anti-Cuban fantasy in order to get a decent review and a distribution deal? Probably. Ask Oliver Stone what happened to Comandante, which HBO canceled under pressure from Miami and Washington, and even now you can’t buy it except in a version that won’t play on an American or Canadian DVD player, without hacking it first.
So U.S. citizens, no worries. There’s no danger that you’ll see Che in the near or distant future, any more than you’ll ever see Dick!, the movie about Dick Cheney’s brutal role in turning the United States into a dictatorship.