Che

Che

13 Episodes

Criterion Collection Edition #496

Far from a conventional biopic, Steven Soderbergh’s film about Che Guevara is a fascinating exploration of the revolutionary as icon. Daring in its refusal to make the socialist leader into an easy martyr or hero, CHE paints a vivid, naturalistic portrait of the man himself (Benicio Del Toro, in a stunning, Cannes-award-winning performance), from his overthrow of the Batista dictatorship to his 1964 United Nations trip to the end of his short life. Composed of two parts, the first a kaleidoscopic view of the Cuban Revolution and the second an all-action dramatization of Che’s failed campaign in Bolivia, CHE is Soderbergh’s most epic vision.

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  • Che: Part One

    Episode 1

    Directed by Steven Soderbergh • 2008 • United States
    Starring Benicio Del Toro, Demian Bichir

    Far from a conventional biopic, Steven Soderbergh’s film about Che Guevara is a fascinating exploration of the revolutionary as icon. Daring in its refusal to make the socialist leader into an easy m...

  • Che: Part Two

    Episode 2

    Directed by Steven Soderbergh • 2008 • United States
    Starring Benicio Del Toro, Demian Bichir

    Far from a conventional biopic, Steven Soderbergh’s film about Che Guevara is a fascinating exploration of the revolutionary as icon. Daring in its refusal to make the socialist leader into an easy mart...

  • CHE: PART ONE Commentary

    Episode 3

    This commentary, featuring Jon Lee Anderson, chief consultant on CHE and author of “Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life,” was recorded in 2009.

  • Making CHE

    Episode 4

    This documentary features interviews with director Steven Soderbergh, actor Benicio Del Toro, producer Laura Bickford, and writers Peter Buchman and Ben van der Veen.

  • CHE: PART ONE Deleted Scenes

    Episode 5

  • CHE: PART ONE Deleted Scenes with Commentary

    Episode 6

    The following deleted scenes from CHE: PART ONE are presented with commentary by director Steven Soderbergh.

  • End of a Revolution

    Episode 7

    In 1967, Brian Moser, in Bolivia to make contact with Che Guevara, was one of the first foreign journalists to arrive at the site of Che’s execution. Moser records his experiences in this 1968 documentary, which features interviews with then Bolivian president René Barrientos, members of the U.S....

  • Interviews from Cuba: Participants

    Episode 8

    In July of 2009, producer Laura Bickford and actor-producer Benicio Del Toro interviewed a number of participants in the Cuban revolution exclusively for this release.

  • Interviews from Cuba: Historians

    Episode 9

    In July of 2009, producer Laura Bickford and actor-producer Benicio Del Toro interviewed a number of historians of the Cuban revolution exclusively for this release.

  • CHE and the Digital Cinema Revolution

    Episode 10

    CHE was the first feature to use the Red camera, which Soderbergh embraced for its versatility and image quality. This short 2009 documentary looks at the evolution of the camera during the film’s production and at the many ways it has enhanced and altered the process of modern digital filmmaking.

  • CHE: PART TWO Commentary

    Episode 11

    This commentary, featuring Jon Lee Anderson, chief consultant on CHE and author of “Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life,” was recorded in 2009.

  • CHE: PART TWO Deleted Scenes

    Episode 12

  • CHE: PART TWO Deleted Scenes with Commentary

    Episode 13

    The following deleted scenes from CHE: PART TWO are presented with commentary by director Steven Soderbergh.