The leader of the Cuban revolution who led Cuba from 1959 to 2008, and who died at the age of 90 years on November 26, 2016, was not particularly popular as a hero in the world cinema screens.
Often his image only briefly appeared in numerous films about his companion of Ernesto Che Guevara.
Thus, in the 1969 film “Che!” directed by Richard Fleischer, in which the main role was played by Omar Sharif, Fidele Castro was played by actor Jack Pelens.
In 2000, Anthony Lapaglia played Fidel in the Comedy of “the guy” where in the story a high school teacher in the 60-ies of the last century, becomes a spy and becomes involved in a conspiracy to overthrow the Cuban leader.
German documentary filmmaker Wilfried Huismann in 2001 he directed the film “Dear Fidel” – the fate of Marita Lorenz, the beloved of Fidel Castro, the CIA recruited and ordered to kill him with poisonous pills. Laurence couldn’t do it. At the time of filming she was living on welfare in Queens and fondly reminisced about the days spent beside the leader of the Cuban revolution.
In 2002 on the screens out the film directed by David Attwood “Cuba Libre”, which tells about the life and future of the Cuban leader from the time of the revolution of 1959. “Rise to power, a family tragedy, victory and defeat one of the Champions for the duration of stay as head of state, to the ground shook the foundations of the world order of the second half of the 20th century”, – stated in the annotation to the film.
Among all the Directors and screenwriters of Hollywood’s most attention to Fidel Castro gave Oliver stone and Steven Soderbergh.
In 2008, Soderbergh has presented over a 4-hour biographical film “Che” with Benicio del Toro in the title role. Fidel Castro is played by Damian Bichir.
In 2003, Oliver stone made a documentary film “Komandante”. There were only two actors – the Cuban leader Fidel Castro and the author himself, who takes his interview. The premiere was held at Sundance festival, but the official was not showing. At the last moment HBO, which was to be the Prime Minister, refused to film against the backdrop of increased anti-Cuban sentiment in the United States in connection with the failed escape of Cuban dissidents and their area.
These events of 2003 – when in Cuba by order of Fidel was arrested and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment of 75 dissidents who attempted to hijack a plane and emigrate to the United States – was devoted to the second documentary by Oliver stone called “looking for Fidel”.
In the film the American Director talks not only with the leader of Cuba, but also with the arrested dissidents and their families. Because the American Director visited Cuba during the economic embargo, the U.S. Treasury Department has fined his crew at 6.3 million dollars. “Looking for Fidel” was released a year after “Comandante”.
In 2012, the latest documentary by Oliver stone about the leader of Island of freedom “Castro in winter”, filmed in 2009. This time the stone has already talked with the head of Cuba (2008 Castro has resigned, but handed them over to brother Raul). Now the stone was removed Castro at home surrounded by loving family members.