I Am Cuba
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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 ›
In fact, "I am Cuba" is a Film Student's Must See for its stunning cinematography and its impact on telling the story. There are incredible, noteworthy interviews with participants in the original production, and excellent documentation of how the film was created.
Another reveling theme further describes of what otherwise would have been a crumpling mass of celluloid. It was instead, rescued by determined American Archivists and brought to the world's attention by the likes of Coppola and Scorsese, acclaimed as an outstanding piece of cinema graphic art... This, a formerly rejected and permanently shelved FAILED SOVIET PROPAGANDA FILM.... Imagine my delight to have recently visited characters that are in the documentary during my recent visit to CUBA, which brought the whole experience to life and validated the credibility of the documentary.
If you love artful cinematography, come to life actual historical figures, and are interested in interpretations of the modern history of Cuba and its people's struggle to express themselves through the arts, you will fall in love with this collection....
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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 5 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 6 months ago by Corry Hughes
OK, it's propaganda, but it's cinematically brilliant, inventive, influential. Important to the history of cinema.Published 16 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 17 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 19 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 22 months ago by Young