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On March 5, 1960, Che Guevara, one of the architects of the Cuban revolution, attended a memorial service for seventy-five men who died while explosive cargo was being unloaded from a ship in the Havana harbor. Photographer Alberto Korda snapped a picture of Guevara at the event, and while it went unpublished at the time, in the late Sixties an Italian publisher, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, asked Korda's permission to reproduce the image of the then-martyred revolutionary leader. Korda agreed, and within a few years his portrait of Che, wearing a beret and looking with determination to some… More

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"Zippy enough, if a little meandering, and spends equal time on the man and the myth."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"A history of Guevara that not only succeeds in avoiding either blind lionization or reactionary condemnation, but that looks at him via the lens through which we most often see him: a single iconic photograph."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Film-makers Trisha Ziff and Luis Lopez ask how and why the wisdom of the crowd decided that this image should not merely be a badge of youth radicalism, but an icon of purity."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Chevolution is punctuated by a few of the more irritating tics that seem to tempt documentarists, but largely remains an informative and balanced history, although it concludes badly."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Filmstar Magazine
"Fascinating biography of an image, showing how an artist's work can take on a life of its own."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"The pic comes off as too scattershot to do anything but skim the questions it raises about the nature of the image as spiritual beacon and corporate logo."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"A genuinely interesting film about a photograph that still, after 50 years, continues to haunt and intrigue us."
‑ Phil Hall, IdentityTheory
"Balanced, thought-provoking, and unexpectedly compelling."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"Revolution is always with us: this week's guerrilla documentary, watchable and well-researched, is Chevolution."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Even though it gets a little earnest, this well-assembled film is entertaining, lively and packed with scenes and details we've never heard before."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The Cannes Che, probably a film no one will see again, is a big, sprawling, ambitious mess. It's less a grand-opera mess than a beautifully constructed machine whose parts don't all quite work together."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"A tight, energetic documentary."
‑ Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies
"This illuminating doc lucidly lays out the history, legacy and legal wrangles surrounding Alberto Korda's iconic portrait of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"This intelligent documentary wonders how it happened, and how a hardline Marxist keen on political violence became a marketing tool and patron saint of every vaguely anti-establishment movement on the planet."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
"Like the ubiquitous image that it celebrates, this documentary says many things about history, culture and ideology, without ever seeming anything less than clear and compelling."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
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