Los cien caminos del cine cubano: 112 significant Cuban filmsby PeacefulAnarchy | created - 25 May 2012 | updated - 01 Jun 2012 | Public
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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2. La virgen de la Caridad (1930)
72 min | Drama, Romance
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.
4. Siete muertes a plazo fijo (1950)
88 min | Comedy, Thriller
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.
5. Casta de roble (1954)
91 min | Drama
A young woman from the country has a son from a young man of a rich family. The rich grandfather of the man, owner of the farm, takes the child away to educate him. A few years later the ... See full summary »
17. Tránsito (1964)
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.
30. Lucía (1968)
160 min | Drama
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.
31. Coffea Arábiga (1968)
18 min | Documentary, Short
'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.
Director: Nicolás Guillén Landrián
33. Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)
97 min | Drama
Sergio (Sergio Corrieri), through his life following the departure of his wife, parents and friends in the wake of the Bay of Pigs incident. Alone in a brave new world, Sergio observes the ... See full summary »
36. 79 primaveras (1969)
25 min | Short, Documentary
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.
Director: Santiago Álvarez
47. El otro Francisco (1974)
97 min | Drama
Based on the novel Francisco by Anselmo Suárez y Romero, "The Other Francisco" is a socio-economic analysis of slavery and class struggle through the retelling of the original novel. The ... See full summary »
48. The Last Supper (1976)
120 min | Drama
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.
49. The Teacher (1978)
113 min | Drama
In the early years of the Cuban revolution, a young Havana student volunteers to go to a poor rural region to teach peasants how to read and write; he's sent to the Ciénega de Zapata zone, ... See full summary »
51. Retrato de Teresa (1979)
103 min | Drama
Teresa is overwhelmed: with a husband, three young sons, a job as a crew leader in a textile factory, and volunteer commitments as cultural leader of her union. Her husband, Ramón, wants ... See full summary »
57. Cecilia (1982)
127 min | Drama
In 1830s Havana, amidst the Cuban independence movement, social climber Cecilia Valdés uses santería to conquer Leonardo Gamboa, the son of a rich colonialist family.
59. Hasta cierto punto (1983)
68 min | Drama
A theater director and script-writer falls for a female worker from the Havana docks, but his machismo, social and working conflicts, and the Cuban woman's condition interfere with their ... See full summary »
61. Se permuta (1985)
103 min | Comedy
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.
62. Los pájaros tirándole a la escopeta (1984)
90 min | Comedy
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.
66. Parting of the Ways (1985)
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.
68. ¡Vampiros en La Habana! (1985)
Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Comedy, Horror
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. Un hombre de éxito (1986)
116 min | Drama
Javier Argüelles, an opportunistic young man from Cuban middle class, survives all kind of political changes in Havana, from 1932 to 1959, while his brother Darío is persecuted and killed ... See full summary »
72. Clandestinos (1987)
98 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
Before the military coup in Cuba, a group of people have a clandestine printing press, used to print subversive pamphlets against the government.
74. Demasiado miedo a la vida o Plaff (1988)
90 min | Comedy
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.
75. La bella del Alhambra (1989)
108 min | Musical, Drama
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.
79. Alicia en el pueblo de Maravillas (1991)
90 min | Comedy
A satire about the life of the Cuban people. Alicia, a culture instructor, is sent to a small town "Maravillas", which is itself an exaggerated, but very ingenious reflection of the real ... See full summary »
81. María Antonia (1990)
111 min | Drama
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. As the boxer progresses in his career, ... See full summary »
82. Hello Hemingway (1990)
90 min | Drama
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.
86. Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 4,610 | Gross: $2.08M
88. Reina y Rey (1994)
100 min | Drama
Reina is an old and lonely widow whose only companion is a little black dog called Rey. When the dog disappears, Reina begins to question her own existence. Suddenly, her old patrons (who ... See full summary »
90. Guantanamera (1995)
105 min | Comedy, Drama
It is a satire about life in Cuba. The members of a funeral procession and some truckdrivers who have to take the same route begin to talk about god and the world ending up in discovering ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,285 | Gross: $0.75M
92. Amor vertical (1997)
100 min | Comedy
The architecture student Estela (Silvia Aguila) makes a suicide attempt after her plans for solving Havana's housing shortage are rejected. This brings her into contact with earthy, cynical... See full synopsis »
93. Life is to Whistle (1998)
106 min | Drama
Three characters in present-day Havana must choose between clinging to their self-restricting beliefs, or getting rid of them to live more freely. Ballerina Mariana has promised God ... See full summary »
Votes: 645 | Gross: $0.06M
94. Lista de espera (2000)
105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A desperate group of people wait at a rundown Cuban transit station for the next bus to arrive. The problem is, it never shows up. While a number of busses pass by the station, and others ... See full summary »
97. Nada (2001)
90 min | Comedy, Romance
In Havana, a post office branch is more than a place of bureaucratic rules and regulations to ensure effective public services. This is where Carla Perez works. A young dreamer, this ... See full summary »
100. Suite Habana (2003)
80 min | Documentary
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.