Movie review of “Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez”: This deeply informative and moving documentary presents all sides of the Colombian author: Nobel laureate, journalist, powerful influence in Latin American politics. Rating: 4 stars out of 4.
President Obama recently ended America’s diplomatic chill with Cuba, but in the highly detailed yet moving documentary profile “Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez,” former President Clinton explains that rapprochement almost happened in his administration.
His personal relationship with the Nobel laureate — whose novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” had a profound impact on Clinton — led to discussions with the Colombian author about normalizing relations with Cuba. Congress prevented it, but the story is one of many examples of Márquez’s deep influence on Latin-American politics as well as the worlds of literature and journalism.
His intertwined roles on the world stage are described in “Gabo” through numerous interviews with friends, biographers and family, as well as archival footage of the writer. Born in a tiny town on the Caribbean coast and largely raised by grandparents, Márquez, who died in 2014, tried on different personas as a searching young man, writing his unappreciated first novel in his early 20s and taking a full two decades to find the inspiration for his magic-realism classic “One Hundred Years.”
Movie Review ★★★★
‘Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez,’ a documentary directed by Justin Webster, from a screenplay by Webster and Kate Horne. 90 minutes. Not rated. SIFF Film Center.
Along the way, and while he continued to cement his reputation as a literary giant, Márquez — often reluctantly — occupied other public roles.
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A wealthy non-Communist, he nevertheless nurtured a friendship with Fidel Castro that helped free some of Cuba’s imprisoned writers. During Colombia’s era of terrorism funded by Pablo Escobar, Márquez helped keep endangered journalism alive.
Above all, we see his sly wit and plain-spoken charm, his unwillingness to wield his famous name as a political weapon, his intense gaze on human mysteries and his refusal to accept death as fair.