Cast & Crew
Following a scene which occurs "somewhat ahead of chaos, perhaps on the first or second day of creation," an actor portraying Ernesto "Ché" Guevara reads portions of the introduction to Ché's writings on revolution in Latin America. Subsequently, the actor, who is improvising the characterization, and the filmmaker, out of frame, reject the creation of a representational role and condemn the "destructive casting" of the commercial film, typified by the selection of a movie star to portray Ché in the Hollywood version of his life. The actor continues to read, and the dialogue with the filmmaker continues, relating to such themes as the exploitation of Latin America, the fraudulent process of filmmaking, and the moral corruption and arrogance of American society. Ché summons a teacher to the scene and discusses education. Eventually, Ché is shot and killed, and the filmmaker and actors prepare for the final scene, which opened the film.
Also known as Ché Is Alive and Dialogue With Ché. Also shown in a dual-screen version in which identical reels were projected side by side, with a 3-min interval between starting times. Dedicated to Bertolt Brecht.