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February 17, 2005 | Susan King
The Motorcycle Diaries Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna Universal, $30 Brazilian director Walter Salles ("Central Station") directed this acclaimed drama about the arduous journey through South America taken by a young Che Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his good friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) in the early 1950s.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2004 | Patrick Goldstein
Near the end of "The Motorcycle Diaries," Ernesto "Che" Guevara makes a toast to the staff of a leper colony in which he says that his journey across Latin America "has only confirmed [my] belief that the division of America into unstable and illusory nations is a complete fiction. We are one single mestizo race from Mexico to the Magellan Straits." Focus Films co-president James Schamus, who is distributing the film, knows the speech all too well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2011 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Alberto Granado, who accompanied Ernesto "Che" Guevara on a 1952 journey of discovery across Latin America that was immortalized in Guevara's memoir and on screen in "The Motorcycle Diaries," has died in Cuba. He was 88. Granado, an Argentine biochemist who had lived in Cuba since 1961, died Saturday of natural causes, according to Cuban state-run television, which gave no other details. Granado and Guevara's road trip, begun on a broken-down British Norton motorcycle they dubbed La Poderosa, or "The Powerful," awoke in Guevara the social consciousness and political convictions that helped turn him into one of the most iconic revolutionaries of the 20th century.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2004 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
A nostalgic look at the beginning of the independent film movement, a biography of a controversial sex educator, a drama about a young Colombian woman working as a mule for drug dealers, a complex thriller made for pocket change and a comedy-drama set in the California wine country garnered best feature nominations for the 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards. The best feature nominations, announced Tuesday, for "Baadasssss!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
The IFP Independent Spirit Awards raised a glass to "Sideways" on Saturday with six major awards: best feature, director, screenplay, actor, supporting actor and supporting actress. The dark, acerbic comedy about two losers on a road trip to the Santa Barbara wine country has received the majority of the 2004 best picture accolades from critics' groups, and won the Golden Globe for best comedy or musical.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
"The MOTORCYCLE DIARIES" is not what you might be expecting. Though it links future charismatic revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, criminally attractive Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal and a Norton 500 motorcycle nicknamed "La Poderosa," the powerful one, don't expect to put it on the shelf next to "Hells Angels on Wheels." This might be the quietest, most meditative motorcycle movie ever made. On second thought, however, maybe it does belong on that shelf.
NEWS
September 23, 2004
JAZZ Towers resound all weekend The Watts Towers, built by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia in his backyard between 1921 and 1955, are one of only nine works of folk art listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This weekend, the world-famous landmark will offer some world-class music. The 23rd annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival is slated for Saturday and the 28th annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival happens Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2004 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Having played characters such as the Sundance Kid and Bob Woodward, Robert Redford knows what it's like to evoke real life on film. But nothing quite prepared him for the stomach-churning experience of screening "The Motorcycle Diaries," the new film based on Che Guevara's youthful road trip across South America, for Guevara's widow, Aleida March, her family and Albert Granado, now 82, who was Guevara's companion on most of the trek.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2004 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
A few days ago, Aleida Guevara March made a startling disclosure regarding her father, the late Argentine revolutionary leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Her papi, Guevara told an interviewer, was even more handsome than Gael Garcia Bernal, the young Mexican heartthrob who plays Che in Walter Salles' new film "The Motorcycle Diaries." However, Guevara March did concede that Garcia Bernal has "very beautiful eyes." Che's daughter is by no means a frivolous custodian of her famous father's legacy.
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