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The motorcycle diaries (Diarios de motocicleta) - Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna, Susana Lanteri, Walter Salles

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Movie propaganda

Let the world change you... and you can change the world.

In January 1952, the almost 30-year-old biochemist Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) and his younger friend, the 23-year-old student close to finishing his medical degree, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (Gael García Bernal), set off from Buenos Aires on an old but treasured Norton 500 for an adventure through Latin America. The first part of their journey is more or less as they expected, although the arduous trip takes it toll on La Poderosa (The Mighty One), as they nicknamed the motorbike, and it gives up the ghost in Chile, after a nasty encounter with a herd of cows. By the time they get to Machu Pichu, the middle class young men have begun to see Latin America through eyes that have been opened to poverty and oppression, high-handed big business and the sheer hardship of daily life. They find themselves at a leper colony in the Peruvian Amazon, and Guevara, whose speciality is leprology, realises that something fundamental deep inside his being has changed.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Ernesto 'Che' Guevara biography Argentina South America Alberto Granado road trip motorbike

Persons of interest

  • Gael García Bernal .... Ernesto Guevara de la Serna
  • Rodrigo De la Serna .... Alberto Granado
  • Mía Maestro .... Chichina Ferreyra
  • Mercedes Morán .... Celia de la Serna
  • Jean Pierre Noher .... Ernesto Guevara Lynch
  • Lucas Oro .... Roberto Guevara
  • Marina Glezer .... Celita Guevara
  • Sofia Bertolotto .... Ana Maria Guevara
  • Ricardo Díaz Mourelle .... Uncle Jorge
  • Diego Giorzi .... Rodolfo
  • Facundo Espinosa .... Tomas Granado
  • Susana Lanteri .... Aunt Rosana
  • Fernando Llosa .... Von Puttkamer
  • Marta Lubos .... Schatzie von Puttkamer
  • Natalia Lobo .... La Negra
  • Carlos Rivkin .... Horacio Ferreyra
  • Elvio Suarez .... Uncle Martin
  • Jackelyne Vásquez .... Luz
  • Pablo Villarrazza .... Esteban Aguirre
  • Ernesto "Che Guevara .... Author: Notas de viaje
  • Alberto Granado .... Author: Con el Che por America Latina
  • José Rivera .... Screenwriter
  • Walter Salles .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Ernesto Rafael "Che" Guevara de la Serna
Fidel Alejandro Castro Rúz
Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina
Patrice Emery Lumumba
Salvador Allende Gossens

Gee, you've gotta love those spooks at the other CIA, who sit around all day thinking up ways to make the world safer for "Americans" by assassinating other Americans, toppling democratically elected governments and replacing them with military dictators, training death squads, destabilising legitimate governments, training and supplying terrorists, etc. That assassination awaits Che Guevara a few years after the end of The motorcycle diaries adds poignancy all the way through.

Gael García Bernal has a great time playing Che. I've liked him since I first saw him in And your mother too (Y tu mamá también). I still like him.

Oh, Che is pronounced "cheh", not "shay" and means "mate" or "pal" in Argentina and "an Argentinean" in the rest of South America.

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

126 minutes (2:06 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 16 December 2004

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