Motorcycle Diaries Analysis

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The influence that Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928-1967) had in the political ideas and events in Latin America during the last half of the 20th century is undeniable. However, the interpretation of his historical figure has caused controversy, and much of the myths surrounding his biography have replaced an analysis of his real work and the historical context of the continent at that time. Guevara's political thought addresses real social problems, seeking a way to confront them and engage in all consequences. Walter Salles’ Motorcycle Diaries tries to show a personal portrait of this young Ernesto Guevara, situating the spectator in the geography and social issues in Latin America. In Motorcycle Diaries, situated in the 1950s, Walter Salles…show more content…
According to Bueno “In this way, "Motorcycle Diaries" presents successful strategies of the style Salles developed in previous films: they are road movies with spectacular photography (Eric Granier for ‘Motorcycle Diaries’); which makes nature another major element in the écriture of the narrative” (Bueno, 2007, p.109). One must note, for example, the way the Brazilian director structures the film's editing. In the first part of the trip, the sequences are short; the cuts, dry, as if Salles wanted to close the meaning of each scene within himself. The director also knew how to avoid the temptation to explore in too much the magnificent rural landscapes of Argentina and Chile, which could give a sense of transcendence to Guevara's journey. In this sense, the film moves away from traditional road movies. In the second half of the film, however, the situation is reversed; the scenes are long and the movie more contemplative, which communicate to the viewer an essential change that operates deep within the soul of the protagonist. It is a change that reaches a perfect climax in the scene that marks the farewell of Guevara of the leprosarium of San Pablo,

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