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I Am Cuba (1964)
"Soy Cuba" (original title)

 |  Drama, Music, War  |  December 1995 (USA)
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This study of Cuba--partially written by renowned poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko--captures the island just before it made the transition to a post-revolutionary society. Moving from city to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergio Corrieri ...
Alberto
Salvador Wood
José Gallardo ...
Pedro
Raúl García ...
Enrique
Luz María Collazo ...
Maria / Betty
Jean Bouise ...
Jim (in Cuban version) (as Jean Bouisse)
Alberto Morgan
Celia Rodriguez ...
Gloria (in Cuban version) (as Zilia Rodríguez)
Fausto Mirabal
Roberto García York ...
American activist
María de las Mercedes Díez
Bárbara Domínguez
Jesús del Monte ...
(as Isis del Monte)
Luisa María Jiménez ...
Teresa
Mario González Broche ...
Pablo (in Cuban version) (as Mario González)
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This study of Cuba--partially written by renowned poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko--captures the island just before it made the transition to a post-revolutionary society. Moving from city to country and back again, I AM CUBA examines the various problems caused by political oppression as well as by great discrepancies in wealth and power. Beginning in Havana in the pre-Castro era, we see how foreigners contributed to the city's prostitution and poverty; this sequence features dreamy, hallucinogenic camera work that creates a feeling of unease and dislocation. Then, in glorious images of palm tress and fertile land, the film looks at the sugar cane fields in the countryside, and the difficulties faced by peasants working the land. Finally, back in the city again, leftist students battle the police and a corrupt government--and pay a high price for their rebellion. Written by Mr Bongo

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This film got one prize in technical competition in Milan in 1964, during the 6th UNIATEK congress. See more »

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Pedro: I used to think the most terrifying thing in life is death. Now I know the most terrifying thing in life is life.
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7 March 2000 | by (Wichita, KS) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite piece of propoganda filmmaking -- and I'm remembering Reifenstahl when I write that -- but I think it's better than that kind of genre comparison implies. The film takes a Marxist look at the state of Cuba in 1964; it's episodic, and while the ideas expressed are nothing new, the film presents them so cinematically and with such overt fervor that it transcends its numbskull earnestness. There's nothing naive about it: this isn't the work of a starry-eyed naif, but rather a calculated piece of agitprop in which the Americans chew gum loudly and run their hands up the skirts of the innocent Cuban girls, and the blame for Cuba's woes is laid squarely on Batista's shoulders. But it believes itself, and the film, when it connects, is as powerful as anything you've ever seen. 10/10


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