The Motorcycle Diaries (Spanish: Diarios de motocicleta) is a posthumously published memoir of the Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara. It traces his early travels, as a 23-year-old medical student, with his friend Alberto Granado, a 29-year-old biochemist. Leaving Buenos Aires, Argentina, in January 1952 on the back of a sputtering single cylinder 1939 Norton 500cc dubbed La Poderosa ("The Mighty One"), they desired to explore the South America they only knew from books. During the formative odyssey Guevara is transformed by witnessing the social injustices of exploited mine workers, persecuted communists, ostracized lepers, and the tattered descendants of a once-great Inca civilization. By journey's end, they had travelled for a "symbolic nine months" by motorcycle, steamship, raft, horse, bus, and hitchhiking, covering more than 8,000 kilometres (5,000 mi) across places such as the Andes, the Atacama Desert, and the Amazon River Basin.
In January 1952, Guevara's older friend, Alberto Granado, a biochemist, and Guevara, decided to take a year off from their medical studies to embark on a trip they had spoken of making for years: traversing South America on a motorcycle, which has metaphorically been compared to carbureted version of Don Quixote's Rocinante. Guevara and the 29-year-old Granado soon set off from Buenos Aires, Argentina, astride a 1939 Norton 500 cc motorcycle they named La Poderosa II ("The Mighty II") with the idea of eventually spending a few weeks volunteering at the San Pablo Leper colony in Peru on the banks of the Amazon River. In total, the journey took Guevara through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, and to Miami, before returning home to Buenos Aires.
The trip would not have been as useful and beneficial as it was, as a personal experience, if the motorcycle had held out. This gave us a chance to become familiar with the people. We worked, took on jobs to make money and continue traveling. We hauled merchandise, carried sacks, worked as sailors, cops and doctors.
The Motorcycle Diaries (Spanish: Diarios de motocicleta) is a 2004 biopic about the journey and written memoir of the 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara, who would several years later become internationally known as the Marxist guerrilla leader and revolutionary leader Che Guevara. The film recounts the 1952 expedition, initially by motorcycle, across South America by Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado. As well as being a road movie, the film is a coming-of-age film; as the adventure, initially centered on youthful hedonism, unfolds, Guevara discovers himself transformed by his observations on the life of the impoverished indigenous peasantry. Through the characters they encounter on their continental trek, Guevara and Granado witness first hand the injustices that the destitute face and are exposed to people and social classes they would have never encountered otherwise. To their surprise, the road presents to them both a genuine and captivating picture of Latin American identity. As a result, the trip also plants the initial seed of radicalization within Guevara, who would later challenge the continent's endemic economic inequalities and political repression.
In 1952, a semester before Ernesto "Fuser" Guevara is due to complete his medical degree, he and his older friend Alberto Granado, a biochemist, leave Buenos Aires to travel across South America. While there is a goal at the end of their journey - they intend to work in a leper colony in Peru - the main purpose is initially fun and adventure. They desire to see as much of Latin America as they can, more than 14,000 kilometres (8,700 mi) in just four and a half months, while Granado's purpose is also to bed as many women as will fall for his pickup lines. Their initial method of transport is Granado's dilapidated Norton 500 motorcycle christened La Poderosa ("The Mighty One").
Every generation needs a journey story; every generation needs a story about what it is to be transformed by geography, what it is to be transformed by encounters with cultures and people that are alien from yourself, and you know that age group 15 to 25, that's the perfect generation to get on a motorcycle, to hit the road, to put on your backpack and just go out.
In January 1952, Ernesto (played by Gael GarcÃa Bernal) is a 23-year-old medical student specializing in leprology. Alberto (Rodrigo de la Serna), age 29, is a biochemist. The two men bid goodbye to their families and to Ernesto's girlfriend Chichina Ferreyra (Mía Maestro). Flushed with a romantic sense of adventure, they pile onto Alberto's 1939 Norton 500 motorcycle (nicknamed "La Poderosa" ["The Mighty One"]). The aging bike carries them farther and farther away from familiar and comfortable Buenos Aires surroundings, to surprising and exciting destinations. The two friends become as close as brothers.
At the beginning of the book, Guevara is restless, out of work, and in need of a break from medical school. Alberto Granado, his 29-year-old biochemist friend, is similarly anxious for a change of scene, in need of a job, and considering an opportunity in Venezuela. He also owns a motorcycle: the ancient, unreliable, and beloved La Poderosa II. The two friends begin daydreaming of a meandering road trip that would take them all the way to North America. What begins as idle fantasy soon becomes reality, as they spontaneously decide to make the trip and begin gathering the necessary documents.
With the bike tuned up and their Chilean visas in hand, the two friends set off. While traveling through Argentina, they rely on family, friends, and acquaintances for food and lodging, and their time on the road is punctuated not only by motorcycle accidents, but also by feasts of meat and wine. Guevara's longing for the road is, however, dampened somewhat by a competing desire to stay behind with his girlfriend, Chichina, whom he and Granado visit. Not long after, however, just as the men are preparing to cross the border into Chile, Guevara receives a letter from Chichina ending their relationship. With this tie broken, he feels freer and commits to the journey, which he records in a lighthearted, freewheeling manner, complete with occasional poetic reveries.
The final international film of March is The Motorcycle Diaries! The film is a biopic about the journey and written memoir of Ernesto Guevara who would later become know as the revolutionary leader of the Cuban Revolution. The films follows Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado as they travel across South America by motorcycle. Dates and showtimes below:
Che and Alberto eventually arrived in Chile where they used their wit to score a meal from two Chilean women. Unfortunately, while in Chile they wrecked their motorcycle for the last time and Alberto is forced to sale the bike for spare parts. While in Chile, Che sacrificed a night of fun to aide a dieing elderly women which he gave up a portion of his medication to help. After Che and Alberto ran across a fleeing communist couple, they made their way to Cuzco, Peru.
Apertura is the opening song of Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries -- a 2004 biopic about a then 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara, who would years later become internationally known as Che Guevara. The film recounts the 1952 expedition by Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado across South America. Their formative odyssey is initially on the back of a single, sputtering 1939 Norton 500cc motorcycle dubbed, La Poderosa (The Mighty One). The Motorcycle Diaries is based on the memoir (of the same name) by Ernesto Guevara.
For the last five years Janelle Kaz has combined her love of nature and motorcycles on a two-wheeled intercontinental conservation adventure. She gives The Biologist a taster of the latest leg of her trip, across Chile and Peru, where she meets groups helping to protect otters, armadillos and Andean cats
Before he became the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Che Guevara was an introverted medical student living a sheltered life in Buenos Aires. His life changed in 1952, when, despite almost being done with his degree, he decided to take a break from his studies and join his friend, Alberto Granado, on a trip through South America. Their journey, begun on an old motorcycle and completed on foot, by hitchhiking, and on a raft, took more than seven months and covered 7500 miles. By the time it concluded in Caracas, Guevara was not the same man who started the odyssey. The Motorcycle Diaries, which is based on Guevara's journals and a book written by Granado, is the story of that trek. 781b155fdc