Comandante (2003)



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Named after Fidel Castro's nickname and military rank, Comandante is a 93-minute documentary taken from the over 30 hours of interview footage between the Cuban leader and filmmaker Oliver Stone. Capturing Stone's February 2002 trip to Cuba, the film includes three days of conversation between the two men in places like the Terraza restaurant in Cohima. Discussing his youth and rise to power, Castro also talks about the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. embargo, and Cuba's place in the world. Originally made for Spanish television, Comandante premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.


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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

The pair make a smug double act, but you can't fault them for charisma.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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Fidel is up to everything Stone lobs gently at him, and even replies to the film-maker's rather crass philosophising, of which there is far too much.

Jan 15, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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In all, we get a better sense of who this guy is, a man who has spent more time on the international stage than any world leader today.

Jan 30, 2003

Even when he seems less than forthright, Castro rarely fails to come across as a genial, charismatic guy. But that might just be the magic of the movies.

Jul 13, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

An opportunity frustratingly squandered, but one which still makes for fascinating viewing thanks to Castro's natural charisma. Errol Morris would have nailed it.

Dec 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The documentary that, according to HBO, isn't good enough for you to see.

May 26, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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Fidel Castro wears Nike trainers & Oliver Stone looks like Saddam Hussain

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