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46th San Francisco International Film Festival at PFA

Tuesday, April 22, 2003
9:15 a.m. COMANDANTE
Oliver Stone U.S., 2003

Oliver Stone's portrait of Fidel Castro is an occasion in and of itself. Lively and compulsively watchable, Stone's first documentary benefits from a mutually respectful, borderline chummy relationship between subject and interlocutor, in that Castro seems to have let down his defenses, as much as is possible, and taken a come-what-may attitude toward his American guest's far-ranging and sometimes irrepressibly blunt questions. Stone, who boiled thirty hours of footage down to a little more than ninety minutes, keeps things moving as the setting changes from the back seat of the leader's aging Mercedes sedan to various restaurants, rooms, and even Old Havana.

—Todd McCarthy, Variety

• Photographed by Rodrigo Prieto, Carlos Marcovich. (99 mins)