The first movie of the Latin American and Spanish film series took place Tuesday evening in the General Classroom building. The movie that was shown was The Motorcycle Diaries.
The film was based on the diaries of a young Ernesto “Che” Guevara as he took a road trip on a motorcycle around South America with his friend Alberto Granado.
This is the first movie of four that will be shown during the film series, and overall, the response was positive.
Keaton White, a senior criminal justice major from West Jordan, said he enjoyed the movie.
“(I liked) that it wasn’t (a lot) like a documentary,” he said. “It was kind of comical. More of, like a story-telling.”
White also said he appreciated the movie being made from Guevara’s actual diaries.
“If it’s based on his diaries, then it’s more of a first-hand perspective,” he said.
Marcus Gary, a senior criminal justice major from Elko, Nev., said he was pleased with his experience at the movie.
“It was a lot more interesting and a lot more ... exciting than I thought it would be,” he said. “I thought it would be kind of like a documentary that I’d have to sit through and just kind of be bored but have to do it for the class, but I actually really enjoyed it.”
When asked if they would be attending the rest of the films, White and Gary both said they would try to do so.
Charles Cuthbertson, lecturer of English, was asked to introduce the film to those in attendance. he said he enjoyed the film, overall.
“As a movie, I like it a lot,” he said. “I think the story in the film is really inspiring. The acting is really good. As a biography or as a history film, I have issues with it, but as a film, I think it works really great.”
The audience at the film clapped at the end of the movie, something Cuthbertson said was not unusual for this particular film.
“It’s really hard to make a politically oriented film, and I think it incorporates a lot of political ideas, without beating the audience over the head,” he said. “And from what I’ve noticed about audiences that I’ve seen it with, people tend to be, like we saw tonight, you know, people are clapping,— they get kind of charged by what they see Guevara doing in the film.”
Cuthbertson also encouraged those who enjoyed the film to go out and learn more about Guevara.
“He’s a very polarizing figure, and this movie gives one side of the story,” he said. “Of course, there is all kind of consequences that come with revolution. There’s that great line in the film where he talks about how you can’t have a revolution without guns, so this film doesn’t cover that side of it.”
Marcus Gary said he plans on learning more about Guevara.
“I definitely feel like I’d like to know more about him, so I’m definitely going to watch this movie again, and definitely going to look into him and his life when I get a chance,” he said.
The film that will be shown next Tuesday is Pan’s Labyrinth, written and directed by Guillermo del Toro. The movie takes place in Spain during wartime, and follows a girl who escapes into a fantasy world.
The movie has won many awards, including three Oscars and three Oscar nominations.
Pan’s Labyrinth will be shown Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the General Classroom building, room 107.