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The Motorcycle Diaries (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Art House & International movie directed by Walter Salles

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A beautiful film that makes you want to travel.

  • Feb 22, 2006
I was able to watch "The Motorcycle Diaries" today and Walter Salles is no ordinary director. I am pleased to see that he convincingly managed to overcome geographical barriers, to accomplish a high standard of film making. The cinematography is truly gorgeous, and reminded me how little of the South American landscape we ever see on film in the U.S. The cinematographer has pulled off a major feat in shooting a period film in slightly grainy, sometimes shaky hand-held. No crane shots or sepia tinting here-the film quality immerses you in Guevara and Granado's experiences and makes them feel very immediate, without sacrificing any sense of history. A film like this is long overdue, and it deserves wide distribution.

"Diaries" runs smoothly and effortlessly, without a trace of boredom. It is frequently funny and it makes the audience aware of deep emotions inside the minds of two young adventurers, who were bound to change their lives forever. I am glad that "Diaries" did not try to make a political speech or to explain to us why Guevara was a revolutionary man. It simply shows two friends traveling together, with completely different personalities but profound affection and respect for each others idealism.

Upon reading the credits, one can clearly see that this is joint project, done by people who are deeply involved with good, non-commercial film making. Also, Gael Garcia and Jaime Azócar are artists in their own right. Their performance is truly first-class, yielding a special significant to the development of the characters and the credibility of the film. Highly recommended.

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The beauty of the South American landscape and of Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien,Bad Education) givesThe Motorcycle Diariesa charisma that is decidedly apolitical. But this portrait of the young Che Guevara (later to become a militant revolutionary) is half buddy-movie, half social commentary--and while that may seem an unholy hybrid, under the guidance of Brazillian director Walter Salles (Central Station) the movie is quietly passionate. Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna, a lusty and engaging actor) set off from Buenos Aires, hoping to circumnavigate the continent on a leaky motorcycle. They end up travelling more by foot, hitchhiking, and raft, but their experience of the land and the people affects them profoundly. No movie could affect an audience the same way, butThe Motorcycle Diariesgives a soulful glimpse of an awakening social conscience, and that's worth experiencing.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Walter Salles
Screen Writer: Jose Rivera, Alberto Granado
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
Runtime: 126 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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