Who would bother to determine whether a fictional narrative is historically accurate? Well, I’ll tell you. There’s a site (with the wonderful title “Information is Beautiful”) that, among other things, purports to assess the “accuracy” of Hollywood films. The unexamined assumption is that fictional narratives on screen should be “true.” Naive realism is foundation of such fake film criticism.
Random thought on the film “Sicario”: the Emily Blunt character is supposed to be the moral center of the film. The audience is expected to cathect to her “outrage” over breaches of the rule of law. Hence, the character should prevent the film from falling into the revenge-fantasy genre (e.g., Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, etc.). Except for the fact that it does so in the final 25 minutes. Sicario is an utter mess.
It is worth recalling that foreign leaders attended Reagan’s funeral.
In addition to an early, massive revolutionary mistake, after the Wende Mr Castro made anti-Americanism the sole raison d’être for continuing his family dictatorship.
On the other hand, Mr Castro updated the image of the revolutionary: the beard, the cigars, and tea with Sartre and de Beauvoir.
It will be interesting to see how the scarface generation in Miami celebrates his passing.