“Steven Soderbergh made certain his movie, “Che," about the life of revolutionary Ernesto “Che" Guevara, couldn't be attacked -- at least on a factual level,” stressed CNN Entertainment, upon the movie’s release in 2009.
“I didn't want was for somebody to be able to look at a scene and say, 'That never happened.' "(Steven Soderbergh CNN Entertainment, January 1, 2009)
Well, Mr Steven Soderbergh (and CNN,) pull up a chair.
Soderbergh’s movie shows Che Guevara steely-eyed and snarling with defiance during his capture (45 years ago this week.) Why, according to Soderbergh, only seconds before his capture, Che’s very M-2 carbine had been blasted from his hands and rendered useless by a CIA-Fascist machine gun burst!
Then the bravely grimacing Guevara jerks out his pistol and blasts his very last bullets at the approaching hordes of CIA-Fascist soldiers!
The (typical) viewer gapes at the spectacle. His very eyes mist and lips tremble at Soderbergh and Benicio Del Toro’s impeccable depiction of such undaunted pluck and valor.
OK, but just where did Soderbergh and Benicio Del Toro (who starred as Che and co-produced the movie) obtain this version of Che’s capture? Remember they were both utterly obsessed with “historical accuracy.”
Well, the notoriously skeptical towards U.S. businessmen (see Erin Brockovich) director Steven Soderbergh transcribed this sterling account of Che’s capture exactly as penned by Fidel Castro, who apparently cannot tell a lie, according to Hollywood.
The man who mentored Soderbergh’s film for impeccable historical honesty is also on record for the following testaments:
“Again I stress I am not a communist. And Communists have absolutely no influence in my nation!” (Fidel Castro, April 1959)
“Political power does interest me in the least! And I will never assume such power!” (Fidel Castro, April 1959)
Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.