Che Guevara and the Dirty Wars in Contemporary Latin American Cinema
An analysis of eight films from Latin America that address two major issues in late twentieth-century politics, revolution and dictatorship: the 1960s ideal of the „New Man‟ and the corresponding social movements, including the Cuban Revolution; and the dictatorships and repression in Chile and Argentina during the 1970s and 1980s. Genres include the biopic, the political thriller, family melodrama, the road movie, and the coming of age film. We will screen the films on Mondays and Wednesdays and discuss them and related readings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Your success in the class will depend on regular attendance and participation. You will write two short (three-to-four-page) analytical essays, based on close readings of the films and texts and library research; and keep a diary of the films and readings. Students enrolled in the Spanish portion of the course should read, write and do their research in Spanish.
Texts: Ernesto Che Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey. Ocean Press, 2003, 175 pp. ISBN 1876175702 OR Diarios de motocicleta: Notas de viaje. Ocean Press, 2004, 200 pp; essay packet.
Films: Los diarios de motocicleta/The Motorcycle Diaries (Brazil, 2004). Dir. Walter Salles. Universal, 2005; Che. Dir. Steven Soderbergh. Irvington, NY: Criterion Collection, 2009; Missing. Dir. Costa-Gavras. New York: Criterion Collection, 2008;
Machuca. Dir. Andres Wood. Venice, CA: Menemsha Films, 2007; La historia oficial / The Official Story. Dir. Luis Puenzo. Port Washington, NY: Koch Lorber Films, 2004;
Cronica de un escape / Chronicle of an Escape. Dir. Israel Adrian Caetano. Santa Monica, CA: Genius Products, 2008; Kamchatka (Argentina, 2002). Dir. Marcelo Pinero. Argentina AVH, 2007; Cautiva. Dir. Gaston Biraben. Port Washington, NY: Koch Entertainment, 2007.