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Man from Havana speaks out; COMANDANTE (PG ).

HHHIIAFTER watching JFK, you'd expect Oliver Stone to swap conspiracy theories with everyone he meets. So it's no surprise that, in the company of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the subject of the Kennedy assassination comes up. To Stone's delight, Castro agrees that the lone gunman theory is a load of baloney.

The director spent three days in Havana interviewing the President, and this documentary has been edited down from over 30 hours of tape. It offers a unique opportunity for Western eyes to pry behind the closed doors of the Revolution.

Occasionally, the self-made myth surrounding Castro evaporates and we get a rare glimpse of the man beneath.

However, Stone is hardly in the Jeremy Paxman class when it comes to pressing home the thornier political points, and he lets his subject off the hook too easily.

But Comandante is not supposed to be Newsnight. And it's not the pro-Commie propaganda that some of Stone's critics would have you believe.

Instead, it redresses the media balance, breaks through the embargo and lets us hear first hand what one of America's biggest political bogeymen has to say for himself.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 10, 2003
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