2008: #5 Che

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Written by: Peter Buchman & Benjamin A. van der Veen
Starring: Benicio del Toro, Benjamín Benítez, Julia Ormond, Armando Riesco, & Demian Bichir
Distributer: IFC Films
Country: United States
Language: Spanish
Rating: Unrated
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1/1.85:1
Date released: 12/12/2008
Date seen: 1/16/2008
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $1,254,678
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 4 (Set Piece, Sound Design, Cinematography, Actor)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 2 (Set Piece & Cinematography)

Steven Soderbergh is one of the bravest and most creative filmmakers working today, he’s been entirely unwilling to be pinned down to any one style and in doing so he’s almost become an auteur as defined by his own eclecticism. This flexibility is what allows Soderbergh to make an Oceans movie one year and then make something as serious as Che the next. This is exactly the movie that Hollywood fails to make through sheer cowardice; it’s long, it’s in the setting appropriate language, and it’s experimental. The film can easily be seen as two separate parts and it works as both a biopic and as a pair of war films. Che Guevara is of course a controversial figure, and Soderbergh refuses to take side in the debate. This is not a celebration of Guevara, nor is it a criticism, instead it shows what he does in a matter of fact way and allows the audience to make up their own mind.

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