I Am Cuba: The Ultimate Edition
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One of the most deliriously beautiful films ever made. - --Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
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When you say you know nothing about Cuba's history, and then dismiss "I Am Cuba" as propaganda, you are displaying both your own ignorance and the success of the American propaganda machine in conditioning Americans to accept simplistic answers to complex questions.
"I Am Cuba" is a beautiful film, and makes no attempt to portray itself as even-handed. The assumption is that we already know what the white Cuban elite wants us to know. This is explicitly the story of those the elite would prefer to pretend do not exist.
Having lived overseas, I'm sorry to say the grotesque images of American businessmen and the arrogant debauchery of sailors on leave in a 3rd World country are depressingly accurate, especially for the time depicted. And exactly whom do we think is fueling the international child sex trade today, if not wealthy Americans "on vacation"?
Cuba and the USA have a long and tortured history. Cuba's white elite sought to atrtach Cuba to the US prior to our Civil War, so as to perpetuate slavery on their sugar plantations. That same elite allowed the US to assume control over Cuba after the Spanish-American War, when the Platt Ammendment gave the US government extraordinary control over Cuba's internal politics as well as foriegn policy. No good could come of all those "coloreds" having democracy, certainly not a few nautical miles away from our "coloreds"! Later, we changed our minds: the problem with the poor isn't that they're black, it's that they're Communist sympathizers.Read more ›
The film was a joint Soviet-Cuban production, meant as blatant propaganda for the Communist cause, but Kalatozov's film so rhapsodized Cuban sexuality and reveled so in its visuals, that even its backers as Mosfilms, the Soviet State film company, pulled it after a short distribution period. It was critically denounced both in Cuba and the Soviet Union. It was not until filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Francs Ford Coppola saw and championed it in 1995 that the film got its first taste of critical success in the West. The film was written by Enrique Pineda Barnet and Russian state poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and the cinematography by Sergey Urusevsky, as mentioned, deserves all the plaudits it can muster. The acting is passable, at best, and wooden, stilted, and forced, most of the time. The film was shot in black and white, and used using color filters to exaggerate contrast, as well as using wide angle shots in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The film's music is diegetic and not, but the one aspect of the film that is neither good not bad, overall; although in certain scenes the singing and music are wonderfully evocative of time and place.
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Some marvellous stuff in this - bends the possible in cinematography and storytellingPublished 3 months ago by M. Medeiros
Not much more anyone need say about this amazing film – one of my all time favorites – except to categorically state that this "cigar-box" package gives you the Spanish... Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. Barth
Wow...one of the most amazing movies EVER! If you love cinematography, you MUST see this film - it is mesmerizing! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Corry Hughes
OK, it's propaganda, but it's cinematically brilliant, inventive, influential. Important to the history of cinema.Published 17 months ago by Rebstudio
DISTURBING TO SAY THE LEAST. I DIDN'T REALIZE HOW HARD LIFE IS FOR THE PEOPLE OF CUBA. HELEN I. LENTIPublished 18 months ago by Helen I. Lenti
I thought it was "old Cuba" before communism this was put together by communist and Russian involvement so it was not what I was looking to buy.Published 20 months ago by Laura
This is a FANTASTIC movie. It features, i believe, the longest uncut scene of any movie ever made. Really shows how pre-Castro Cuba was. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Young
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