The liberator

The liberator

DVD - 2015 | Spanish
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Bookended by a foiled attempt on Simon Bolivar's life in Bogota in 1828, the film charts the story of the revolutionary leader's impassioned fight for independence from Spain and creation of a united South American nation, the great stories of love and loss in his life, the political intrigue and drama following his ascension to power and his mysterious death.

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meenue
Jan 02, 2017

I was disappointed with the film. I know it's hard to cover an entire life in a 9o min. film. Even so, I found it both shallow and overly dramatic. The two-part Che was much better.

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Janice21383
Oct 25, 2015

If Sir David Lean could just barely sum up the life of T.E. Lawrence in 3.5 hours, still less can this film encompass the rich and complex life of Simon Bolivar in two hours. It is worth seeing, particularly for the South American locations and the lead's rousing performance, but there is a sense of large chunks of the story being missing. I would guess it was originally planned as a 4+ hours epic, but was cut down severely.

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jaqmartial
Oct 23, 2015

Although this movie gave me some background on Simon Bolivar and the struggle agains the Spaniard I found it a little confusing.... Maybe too much information packed in a short time.

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jimg2000
Apr 25, 2015

Epic film on the storied life of George Washington of South America, Simon Bolivar liberated parts of South America from Spanish rule, from his native Venezuela to Peru in the early 1800's. It is far from great, with short comings on editing and shallow characters, but overall, surprising good from the Venezuelan film industry. Besides the historic lessons of South America during the Spanish (and Portuguese) rule, the cinematography was as the best from Hollywood.

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cervantes51
Mar 19, 2015

"The Liberator" is a biographical drama covering the life of Simon Bolivar (Edgar Ramirez), the 19th-century revolutionary and political leader who sought to free Latin America from Spain. Ramirez delivers a multi-faceted portrayal of Bolivar, a man born into privilege who was also fighter, lover, and scholar.

Bolivar fought more than 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America, riding more than 70,000 miles on horseback in military campaigns that covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. He was instrumental not only in freeing Latin America but also in establishing the independent republics that sprang up after the Spanish departed. He served as president of both Peru and Colombia, and he organized in southern Peru a new republic, named Bolivia in his honor.
This biographical tale of Simon Bolivar is also a significant part of the struggle for independence of South America from Spain. It is not a perfect historical film. In the two hour run time it's just not possible to do such a massive epic a complete justice. It tends to focus mainly on Venezuela and Colombia as the beginning of his crusade. Strict historians will find issue with a little change or reorder here and there. A little "glossing over" is done here and there to maximize the inspirational value of the film. However, I felt the spirit was still maintained in the runtime allowed and this is a magnificent corridor for people to gain interest and investigate the complete history. It was filmed on location in stunning areas of Spain, Venezuela, Colombia and many other countries. The acting, cinematography and musical score are all extraordinary.

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jimg2000
Apr 25, 2015

Simon: The Spaniards came to this country and called it their own. They took our land and enslaved our people. We've been humiliated century
after century, and trod upon by heavy boots. The Spanish have wanted to make the desire of freedom vanish from this country, but they have failed. They have failed because the desire for freedom is a seed that sleeps in the soil waiting for a rainfall that will germinate it. We must bring a torrential rain that washes away the arrogance, the pretension, the profiteering, the indolence, and the indifference of those who have oppressed us for so many years. This continent is waiting for a flood. A flood that finally inundates it with liberty. And we are going to bring that flood. The flood starts today.

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jimg2000
Apr 25, 2015

Senora to Simon: It it you? The Liberator. (Spat at Simon)
My sons...My sons died in this war, this stupid war. The Spanish might have oppressed and robbed us, but at least we had our homes, our families.

Simon: I'm ashamed of my own blindness. Man's true destiny is freedom. The wish to be free is like a natural impulse. It's an impulse that comes from the gut. It's like...lt tastes good. It's like laughing...like breathing. Who can stop the rain? Who can stop the wind? Who can stop the earth when it trembles? Who? No one.

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jimg2000
Apr 25, 2015

Rodriguez: It all started here, Simon. Here in this market. ... There were a lot of hungry women. They complained about the price of bread, right? That rebellion was the start of the end of the French monarchy. But it wasn't a rebellion, it was a revolution. A dozen hungry women, and suddenly everything changed.
There's a struggle that repeats itself throughout history, Simon. Over and over again. Oppressors against the oppressed. The thing is to know what side you are on.

Simon: This isn't just a war for Venezuela. This a war for the new Granada, for the Patagonia, for Peru, for the Andes Mountains. This is a war to destroy the border that the Spaniards forced upon us, and to unify the continent. More than anything, this a war for the American spirit.
General: But, who are you? A rich kid who wants a name for himself.

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Aug 05, 2017

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