This post was made to the blog for Queer Cinema
For those of you attending on Wednesday I've put together some optional readings with divergent view-points on the film for you to peruse.
The most scholarly resource on the film's context is this article on state sexual policing and the maintenance of revolutionary masculinity during and after the Cuban revolution: http://ow.ly/d/FCl (check out the caricature on p. 19.).
All this considered, Schnabel's film is obviously critical of Castro's regime. And of course, not everyone has been happy with his portrayal of the Cuban revolution: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2001/jun/12/artsfeatures. At their most extreme, these critics(the loudest are highly partisan) call into question the veracity of a film that is itself based on an admittedly fictionalized autobiography.