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Greenberg and Other Character Studies
Posted March 08, 2010 to photo album "Greenberg and Other Character Studies"
Noah Baumbach’s comedy Greenberg probes the psyche of a man in search of himself. We consider other films that study character.
Slide 7: The Motorcycle Diaries - Character as destiny
One of the perverse joys of watching Walter Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries, an adventure-filled travelogue of a young Argentine medical student Che Guevara (Gabriel García Bernal) and his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna), is that we know what they don’t––their destiny. However as viewers what we don’t know is what events and circumstances helped mold the mind of a revolutionary. In short, we know the history the character helped create, but not the history that made Guevara into who he would be come. For Salles, “Guevara is such an extraordinarily complex character that you need to listen to all the sources to capture as many angles as you can…It’s really a journey of finding one’s identity, it’s a journey of understanding who we are and in what place of the world we want to be and fight for.”