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Che

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An epic-scaled biopic without a single conventional biopic moment, Steven Soderbergh’s staggeringly ambitious Che breaks most of the rules of commercial cinema while achieving near greatness on its own sui generis terms. Split into two parts of roughly 135 minutes apiece, Che demands to be seen from start to finish — preferably with a bathroom/smoke break in between. The film’s first half is the more classically structured, as it follows Che (Benicio del Toro) from his first meeting with Fidel Castro (a superb Demian Bichir) in 1955 to his key role in the Cuban Revolution that began a year later. Part two is devoted exclusively to Che’s failed Bolivian expedition of 1966-67 that fittingly ends with his execution at the hands of the Bolivian army. The end result is a self-contained film festival that’s unquestionably the cinematic event of the winter season. Cedar Lee Theatre. HHHH

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