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Comandante Fidel Castro, a film by Oliver Stone.

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by imported_Tesseract, Feb 8, 2004.

  1. I just watched this some hours ago.
    Its a 100 minute documentary where Oliver Stone interviews Fidel Castro, as the second tours stone all over Havana, Cuba.
    The final cut is from a 30 hour material where Castro never said 'cut' once (as written in the beginning of the film.

    I dont even wanna express my personal opinion at this moment, i have memorized some lines to quote though, and a critical question will follow.

    -Stone: Which was the russian goverment that stopped suporting Cuba?
    -Castro: The russian goverment that stopped supporting Cuba was the american goverment.

    -Castro: Oliver, where you decorated in vietnam?
    -Stone: Yes
    -Castro: where you injured?
    -Stone: Yes, twice
    -Castro: And still, taking my interview requires the same courage...

    Now, i know that most americans have a very certain way of viewing Castro and Communism but this movie is really an eye-opener.

    I was wondering if that film will be played in the states. If it is, go see it!
    If it aint, start questinioning your kind of democracy.
  2. Abracadabra

    Abracadabra Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Dec 28, 2001 Messages: 22,906 Likes Received: 113
    looks great. why is this the first time i have heard about it? i'm going to keep my eyes open. thanks for the heads up
  3. old*824

    old*824 Senior Member

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    good lookin tesseract.
  4. TheoHuxtable

    TheoHuxtable Senior Member

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  5. suburbian bum

    suburbian bum 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Jan 30, 2001 Messages: 14,673 Likes Received: 3
    Bleh I think they should lift trade sanctions on Cuba I really dont see how this is helping anything. It just seems to be causing pain.
  6. Bump!

    so i've read that HBO was to play this but never did...not even a question of hitting the theaters there

  7. Weapon X

    Weapon X 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Sep 6, 2002 Messages: 14,905 Likes Received: 202
    I never heard of it, but I’m north of the border, so hopefully it’ll be around. Sounds good.
  8. When I first heard about this movie, my first thought was "I MUST watch this, it will be fucking awesome".

    My second thought was "It's Ollie Stone, so I'll probably need to wear my skeptic goggles".

    And now, after reading a bunch of reviews, it seems I might have to use a skeptic biosuit. Apparently it's amazing, and eye-opening indeed, but it smacks of subjectivity and sympathy, and the real tough questions are avoided. I'm still gonna watch it given the chance, and take it more as a personal character study than a political one, because that's what interests me the most... Castro as an actual person, rather than the bigger-than-life political figure he is.

    Good looking out... I'm also anxious to see "Persona Non Grata".
  9. I dont think that someone like you and me could ever get rid of the skeptic goggles, leave alone the skeptic biosuit....thats a duty we all have towards everything, movie reviews included.

    The questions cover everything, some are nayve, some are harsh, some are stupid..however Castro is like a river stream, he talks and talks and talks (like he always did) with clarity and charm making the question less and less important. I'm telling you this, the man really exposes him self as a person and as a pollitician and it takes balls to do that.

    I'll finish this with an Oliver Stone quote from a bbc interview that rings truth to me.

    "Castro is a real person, in flesh and bones...i personally believe that Bush is an artificial figure who can never look in your eyes and would never find the guts to expose himself infront of a camera for 30 hours"

    I hope you'll get to see it, will it be played there?
  10. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    haha, mamerro, that's what i was thinking too.
    i'm not a huge stone fan, but i dig the dude's willingness
    to whatever.. ....tackle things close to his heart for the world to see..
    i heard about this and will watch it asap.
    the quote about bush from stone..is unbelievably on
    point. that pmb posted wedding video..i saw that and i
    thought, gee, he looks comfortable and stuff, BUT..
    dude reeks of smug privilege. there is a reason he
    is the first pres to give(not) such a puny amount of
    press sessions. out of touch. cue hall and oates biatch.
  11. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    btw, fidel is looking mighty dapper in that poster shot.
  12. Weapon X

    Weapon X 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Sep 6, 2002 Messages: 14,905 Likes Received: 202
    imitation pleather castro jackets will be selling for lots of dollars on the trendy avenues where there's lots of trucker hats, art students, and out of town graffiti.
  13. mighty dapper, indeed dude has the eye in the film..you'll see what i mean.

    Anyway, to be perfectly honest i dont like Stone either, most of his films bug me in one way or another..still, i recognise the same things you mention in him. My hat is off to Castro for doing this...its his willingless that is to reward in this case.

    Nomatter how you view Castro, this film is essential to built a better case.
  14. BOZACK

    BOZACK Member

    Joined: Oct 19, 2003 Messages: 999 Likes Received: 0
    correct you are, mr. stone