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Comandante (2003)

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 Originally made for Spanish television, Comandante premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.


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Critic Reviews for Comandante

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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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.

January 30, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 13, 2007

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

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | May 26, 2004

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.

Full Review… | January 15, 2004

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Oliver Stone's documentary/footnote to the cold war days has an unique ability to make you rethink the issues your mind is most made up on.

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs

This movie only shows a part of Fidel Castro. What he thinks and did in his life At this time, in America, Obama appears and Fidel retired officially. Things are changing now Economy is down and Bush totally messed up Capitalism had been taken by companies without morality So, it seems a little bit disappointment for me that this movie were not shown in America. To have another ideas, people can compare and comprehend how capitalism and democracy are great and iniquitous as a matter of facts. I was impressed his thoughts that he has forced to provide education, and health care, and said "It's impossible to establish world order based on force. The solutions to the world's problem is not military."

Chikara Tokuda
Chikara Tokuda

Many great questions asked, but if the translation were later, I would have given it another star. This movie is better for those who can understand Spanish.

Tim Miller
Tim Miller

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