Los cien caminos del cine cubano: 112 significant Cuban films

In their book "Los cien caminos del cine cubano" published by ICAIC, the Cuban film institute, Marta Diaz and Joel del Rio highlight 112 Cuban films that demonstrate the depth, breadth and quality of Cuban cinema, from the silent era to the present.
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1.
El parque de palatino (1906 Documentary)
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(1 mins.)
 
2.
La virgen de la Caridad (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Young man who had lost his father falls in love with the local Chieftain's daughter, who opposes the romance. Only a miracle can save the couple's love affair and Our Lady of Charity intervenes in the name of justice. (72 mins.)
Director: Ramón Peón
 
3.
It Happened in Havana (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(113 mins.)
Director: Ramón Peón
 
4.
Siete muertes a plazo fijo (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
On New Year's Eve, a banker and his wife invite several friends to have dinner in their apartment. Suddenly, an astrologer makes an appearance and predicts seven of the present people will die in the next weeks. (88 mins.)
Director: Manolo Alonso
 
5.
Casta de roble (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A young woman from the country has a son from a young man of a rich family. The rich grandfather of the man... (91 mins.)
 
6.
El mégano (1955 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(25 mins.)
 
7.
Esta tierra nuestra (1959 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(19 mins.)
 
8.
La Vivienda (1959 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(21 mins.)
 
9.
Noticiero ICAIC Latinoamericano (1960 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
10.
Cuba Dances (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(87 mins.)
 
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12.
The Young Rebel (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(82 mins.)
 
13.
Story of a Battle (1962 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
14.
Historia de un ballet (1962 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
Director: José Massip
 
15.
En un barrio viejo (1963 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
(9 mins.)
 
16.
Hurricane (1963 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(22 mins.)
 
17.
Tránsito (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A doctor committed against the revolution decides to escape in a boat. A criminal friend introduced him to a modest revolutionary family to cover it up. During the events aspects of a society in transition are reflected.
Director: Eduardo Manet
 
18.
We Are the Music (1964 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A rare panorama of Cuban music and dance from the 1960s. Featuring legendary Cuban musicians as well as vibrant spontaneous performances... (66 mins.)
Director: Rogelio Paris
 
19.
Ociel del Toa (1965 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
(17 mins.)
 
20.
Desarraigo (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Fausto Canel
 
21.
Vaqueros del cauto (1967 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(20 mins.)
 
22.
Now (1965 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A documentary short about racism in the United States (5 mins.)
Stars: Lena Horne
 
23.
Manuela (1966 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
During the last days of the struggle against dictator Fulgencio Batista, a young peasant woman joins the guerrilla in the Sierra Maestra. (41 mins.)
Director: Humberto Solás
 
24.
Death of a Bureaucrat (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young man attempts to fight the system in an entertaining account of bureaucracy amok and the tyranny of red tape. (85 mins.)
 
25.
Hanoi, Tuesday 13th (1968 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A short film which documents the lives of the people of Hanoi which took place on March 13. (38 mins.)
 
26.
The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The metamorphoses of Juan Quin Quin, in turns bullfighter, guerrilla fighter and sacristan. (112 mins.)
 
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28.
David (1967 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(135 mins.)
 
29.
For the First Time (1969 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A traveling film projectionist brings the film Modern Times to a secluded village that has never seen a motion picture before. (9 mins.)
 
30.
Lucía (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Traces episodes in the lives of three Cuban women, each named Lucía, from three different historical periods: the Cuban war of independence (with Spain), the 1930's, and the 1960's. (160 mins.)
Director: Humberto Solás
 
31.
Coffea Arábiga (1968 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
'Coffea arábiga' was sponsored as a propaganda documentary to show how to sow coffee around Havana. In fact, Guillén Landrián made a film critical of Castro, exhibited but banned as soon as the coffee plan collapsed. (18 mins.)
 
32.
Escenas de los muelles (2012 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(29 mins.)
Director: Oscar Valdés
 
33.
Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Sergio (Sergio Corrieri), through his life following the departure of his wife, parents and friends in the wake of the Bay of Pigs incident... (97 mins.)
 
34.
LBJ (1968 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A montage of 1960s America, all focused on the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. (18 mins.)
 
36.
79 primaveras (1969 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An agit-prop documentary marking the death of Vietnamese nationalist leader Ho Chí Minh, using found footage to link his work to worldwide political movements including the Cuban revolution and resistance within the USA to the Vietnam war. (25 mins.)
 
37.
The Days of Water (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(110 mins.)
 
38.
Muerte y vida en el Morrillo (1971 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(32 mins.)
Director: Oscar Valdés
 
39.
A Cuban Fight Against Demons (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In 1672 Cuban revolutionaries launch an uprising against the Spanish who are occupying the country. (130 mins.)
 
40.
¡Viva la república! (1972 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Pastor Vega
 
41.
Un día de noviembre (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(110 mins.)
Director: Humberto Solás
 
42.
Giron (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Manuel Herrera
 
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44.
The Man from Maisinicu (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(124 mins.)
Director: Manuel Pérez
 
46.
One Way or Another (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Film about Miraflores, a housing development built in 1962. (78 mins.)
Director: Sara Gómez
 
47.
El otro Francisco (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Based on the novel Francisco by Anselmo Suárez y Romero, "The Other Francisco" is a socio-economic analysis... (97 mins.)
Director: Sergio Giral
 
48.
The Last Supper (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A pious plantation owner attempts to teach Christianity to 12 of his slaves by inviting them to participate in a reenactment of the Last Supper. (120 mins.)
 
49.
The Teacher (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In the early years of the Cuban revolution, a young Havana student volunteers to go to a poor rural... (113 mins.)
 
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51.
Retrato de Teresa (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Teresa is overwhelmed: with a husband, three young sons, a job as a crew leader in a textile factory... (103 mins.)
Director: Pastor Vega
 
52.
Wifredo Lam (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Humberto Solás
 
53.
Elpidio Valdés (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(70 mins.)
Director: Juan Padrón
 
54.
Pedro cero por ciento (1980 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(20 mins.)
 
55.
Polvo rojo (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
(105 mins.)
Director: Jesús Díaz
 
56.
A veces miro mi vida (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(79 mins.)
Director: Orlando Rojas
 
57.
Cecilia (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In 1830s Havana, amidst the Cuban independence movement, social climber Cecilia Valdés uses santería to conquer Leonardo Gamboa... (127 mins.)
Director: Humberto Solás
 
58.
Crónica de una infamia (1983 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(16 mins.)
Director: Miguel Torres
 
59.
Hasta cierto punto (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A theater director and script-writer falls for a female worker from the Havana docks, but his machismo... (68 mins.)
 
60.
Mujer ante el espejo (1983 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(17 mins.)
 
61.
House for Swap (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Gloria, Yolanda's mother, exchanges their old house in Guanabacoa for a modern apartment in Vedado to keep Yolanda away from her boyfriend, but her plans soon backfire. (103 mins.)
 
62.
Los pájaros tirándole a la escopeta (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young couple find out that their parents (her father end his mother) are having a romance. All the problems begin here because the young couple can't accept this relationship. (90 mins.)
Director: Rolando Díaz
 
63.
Estética (1984 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(11 mins.)
Director: Enrique Colina
 
64.
Una novia para David (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of students of a high school in Havana in the 60's, where love, politics, and moral contradictions appeared. (103 mins.)
Director: Orlando Rojas
 
65.
Vecinos (1985 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(16 mins.)
Director: Enrique Colina
 
66.
Parting of the Ways (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
The life of a Cuban worker is confronted when his mother, who flew to Miami abandoning him when he was an adolescent, announces her arrival and intention to stay with him, in her old apartment in La Habana. (90 mins.)
Director: Jesús Díaz
 
67.
Yo soy la canción que canto (1985 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(27 mins.)
Director: Mayra Vilasis
 
68.
¡Vampiros en La Habana! (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A vampire family from Cuba is preparing for a showdown between the USA vampires and the Eastern European vampires. But with the aid of a scientist, they need a type of vaccination where they can live in daylight. (69 mins.)
Director: Juan Padrón
 
69.
A Successful Man (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Javier Argüelles, an opportunistic young man from Cuban middle class, survives all kind of political changes in Havana... (116 mins.)
Director: Humberto Solás
 
70.
Ella vendía coquitos (1986 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(13 mins.)
Director: Gerardo Chijona
 
71.
Kid Chocolate (1987 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(20 mins.)
Director: Gerardo Chijona
 
72.
Clandestinos (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Before the military coup in Cuba, a group of people have a clandestine printing press, used to print subversive pamphlets against the government. (98 mins.)
Director: Fernando Pérez
 
73.
Chapucerías (1987 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(11 mins.)
Director: Enrique Colina
 
74.
Demasiado miedo a la vida o Plaff (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A superstitious middle-aged woman falls in love with a taxi driver, while trying to learn the identity of the unseen person tossing eggs at her. (110 mins.)
 
75.
La bella del Alhambra (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Story shows the genesis of the career and the rise of Esther the most beloved actress of most popular theater in Havana at the turn of the 19th century. (108 mins.)
 
76.
Papeles secundarios (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(117 mins.)
Director: Orlando Rojas
 
77.
El Fanguito (1990 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(12 mins.)
 
78.
Oscuros rinocerontes enjaulados... muy a la moda (1990 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
In a Havana public office, the charwoman discovers the sexual activities among the workers. (18 mins.)
 
79.
Alice in Wondertown (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A satire about the life of the Cuban people. Alicia, a culture instructor, is sent to a small town "Maravillas"... (90 mins.)
 
81.
María Antonia (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The plot is situated in Cuba during the early '50s, before the cuban revolution. A prostitute gets in love with a boxer to whom she devotes her life... (111 mins.)
Director: Sergio Giral
 
82.
Hello Hemingway (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young girl's academic asperation conflict with her family's struggle against poverty. Both these aspects are made all the more potent by the clear view they have of Ernest Hemingway's mansion in their home town just outside Havana. (90 mins.)
Director: Fernando Pérez
 
84.
Adorables mentiras (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
(108 mins.)
Director: Gerardo Chijona
 
85.
Le siècle des lumières (1993 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(247 mins.)
Director: Humberto Solás
 
86.
Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other. (108 mins.)
 
87.
Madagascar (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(50 mins.)
Director: Fernando Pérez
 
88.
Reina y Rey (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Reina is an old and lonely widow whose only companion is a little black dog called Rey. When the dog disappears... (100 mins.)
 
89.
La ola (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(70 mins.)
 
90.
Guantanamera (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
It is a satire about life in Cuba. The members of a funeral procession and some truckdrivers who have... (105 mins.)
 
91.
From Son to Salsa (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(100 mins.)
 
92.
Amor vertical (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(100 mins.)
 
93.
Life is to Whistle (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Three characters in present-day Havana must choose between clinging to their self-restricting beliefs... (106 mins.)
Director: Fernando Pérez
 
94.
The Waiting List (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A desperate group of people wait at a rundown Cuban transit station for the next bus to arrive. The problem is... (105 mins.)
 
95.
Con todo mi amor, Rita (2000 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A profile of legendary Cuban singer and actress Rita Montaner. (58 mins.)
Director: Rebeca Chávez
 
96.
La epoca y el encanto de fin de siglo (2003 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(27 mins.)
 
97.
Nothing More (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In Havana, a post office branch is more than a place of bureaucratic rules and regulations to ensure effective public services... (90 mins.)
 
98.
Video de familia (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
(47 mins.)
 
99.
Las manos y el ángel (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(27 mins.)
 
100.
Havana Suite (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Dawn breaks in La Habana, and as the day advances we follow the simple lives of ten ordinary Cubans, with only sounds and images accompanied by music. (85 mins.)
Director: Fernando Pérez