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Fidel (2001)

Cast: Vlasta Vrana, Vlasta Vrana, Vlasta Virana, more...
Director: Estela Bravo, Estela Bravo
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: First Run Features
Genre: Documentary, Foreign, Biographies, Military, Latin America
Running Time: 91 min.
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Fidel Castro is one of the world's best known and most recognizable political leaders, but he is also among the most mysterious. While Castro became a household name after overthrowing the rule of Fulgenico Batista and became the head of Cuba's new socialist government, little is known of his private life or the man behind the fašade of his shaggy beard and omnipresent cigar. Fidel is a documentary by filmmaker Estela Bravo, who combines vintage newsreel footage with exclusive recent interviews which offer an insight into both Castro the leader, struggling to face the political and economic realities of the post-Soviet global environment, and Castro the man, as he tours his childhood home, goes swimming, and visits with his friends. Fidel also includes interviews with people who know or have met Castro, including Nelson Mandela, Muhammed Ali, Harry Belafonte, Alice Walker, Ted Turner, and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Not very objective, but really interesting by jeronimo November 22, 2005 - 1:12 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Lacking objectivity for sure. In Cuba there are many people who would have lots of interesting comments to make about the government policies and how they affect their lives. This doesn't appear in that movie though. You don't see people supporting him explaining why they think so either.
It's more a documentary around Castro than about, meaning you get to see him "from outside" but don't get a chance to get "too close" really. Still it's quite interesting because it shows rare footage of him in all sorts of situations; this you will not get it on TV or anywhere else.
There is no reflexion either from Castro or other people about the system he's been trying to establish, where and what the failures are, how it could have been improved, and so on.
But as I said, I enjoyed it a lot still...

Fidel Love Fest by goldenmatt February 19, 2004 - 1:36 PM PST
5 out of 9 members found this review helpful
In all, this was an interesting documentary... and I am certainly not anti castro. But this documentary really seemed to focus on how great he was, and did not even touch on many of the civil right abuses that I know from other source have occured.

Watch this documentary, but be sure to round out your information!

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