Before Night Falls
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Before Night Falls (DVD)
Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood in Oriente province to his death in New York City. He joins Castro's rebels. By 1964, he is in Havana. He meets the wealthy Pepe, an early lover; a love-hate relationship lasts for years. Openly gay behavior is a way to spite the government. His writing and homosexuality get him into trouble: he spends two years in prison, writing letters for other inmates and smuggling out a novel. He befriends Lázaro Gomes Garriles, with whom he lives stateless and in poverty in Manhattan after leaving Cuba in the Mariel boat-lift. When asked why he writes, he replies cheerfully, "Revenge."]]>
- Three documentaries shorts including an interview with the real Reinaldo Arenas
- Commentary by director Julian Schnabel, Javier Bardem other cast and crew
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The film is an inspirational and artful masterpiece of cinema and deserves all the acclaim and plaudits the film received. Javier Bardem is finally being recognized as one of the greatest actors of this age and his performance here is as unforgettable as those subsequently dramatized in his films "The Dancer Upstairs" (2003) and "Love in the Time of the Cholera" (2008). I cannot possibly recommend this film with more avidity and enthusiasm. Rent the movie or better buy the DVD, for as a discerning viewer you are more apt to watch it more than once!
The reviewer Dr. Miguel Faria is a medical historian, and an Associate Editor in Chief and World Affairs Editor of Surgical Neurology International (SNI). He is the author of Cuba in Revolution -- Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002), and numerous articles on political history and communism, including "Stalin's Mysterious Death" (2011); "Stalin, Communists and Fatal Statistics" (2011); "the Political Spectrum -- From the Extreme Right and Anarchism to the Extreme Left and Communism" (2011); and
Fidel Castro, Cuban Intelligence and the Assassination of JFK (2013)
The acting was excellent, the script not so good. It seems to me that the people who were directing this movie were lefties or pro-Communists. They display a Cuba that was nothing before the Castro brothers took power.
That is not true. Most of Cuba was built up before those tyrants took power and lied to the people; promising new multi-party elections and a Democratic Cuba that never materialized. Police and military opression and destruction and much mental and phisical trauma is their legacy
I don't know how Reynaldo Arenas would feel if he saw this movie. It did some justice to Arenas as a character,a man with no rights for his sexual preferences. But it does paint a very erroneous look at the Cuba he grew up in, and left after some illegal attempts to leave the so called "People's Paradise".