Motorcycle Diaries Review


  • Walter Salles

Main Cast

  • Gael García Bernal as Che Guevara[7]
  • Rodrigo de la Serna as Alberto Granado
  • Mercedes Morán as Celia de la Serna
  • Jean Pierre Noher as Ernesto Guevara Lynch
  • Facundo Espinosa as Tomás Granado
  • Mía Maestro as Chichina
  • Lucas Oro as Roberto Guevara
  • Marina Glezer as Celita Guevara
  • Sofia Bertolotto as Ana María Guevara
  • Franco Solazzi as Juan Martín Guevara
  • Ricardo Díaz Mourelle as Uncle Jorge
  • Sergio Boris as Young Traveler
  • Daniel Cargieman as Young Traveler
  • Diego Giorzi as Rodolfo
  • Brandon Cruz as Miner (Chile)[8]
  • Gustavo Bueno as Doctor Hugo Pesce
  • Alberto Granado as himself (cameo at the end of the film)
  • Matías Strafe as Chichina’s friend

Paper instructions

Before Ernesto Guevara became Che, he took a trip with his friend Alberto Granados and an unreliable motorcycle through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. The experiences along the way had a transformative effect on the future revolutionary’s commitment to a fundamental humanism..

Your assignment is to write a critical review of Motorcycle Diaries that evaluates the film in the context of our semester. In order to do this, you will need to draw on the assigned readings from class. You must use the two readings assigned from class. (No outside readings, though. Let’s keep it focused on the resources we’ve used in class.) There are also readings specific to this film on Canvas. Each paper should include a short overview of the plot, the important characters, and a discussion of the historical themes that they embody. Then, with reference to the readings, evaluate the historic merits of the film. Analyze the readings in the context of the film, and the film in the context of the readings.

It is up to you which historical themes you decide to emphasize from the theme, but you must be able to connect them to specifics in either the primary or secondary readings at your disposal.

Please note that this paper is to be entirely your own work. You may not use internet resources or other outside readings. Stick to the readings that have been assigned in class. Whenever you use ideas from those readings, whether explicitly or not, you must cite them in footnotes. Citations should conform to Turabian style. A guide to Turabian style citations is available here. We will be keeping up with reviews of the film available online. The one exception to outside-class resources available for writing this paper is the film’s page on the Internet Movie Database, which you may only use to keep track of and c