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Soy Cuba (1964)

Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.

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(as Mijail Kalatozov)

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Salvador Wood
José Gallardo ...
Raúl García ...
Luz María Collazo ...
Maria / Betty
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Jim (in Cuban version) (as Jean Bouisse)
Alberto Morgan
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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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$160,697
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(2005 restored Spanish) | (2005 restored Spanish) | (1964 original)

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Trivia

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

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Police Officer: [Holding a copy of Lenin's "The State and Revolution"] Who's book is this? Who's book is this!
Student Activist #!: It's ours.
Police Officer: Yours?
Student Activist #!: It's our book. And anybody who hasn't read it is an ignoramus.
[Shot and killed]
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Four beautiful stories and breathtaking cinematography.
21 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

The four segments that give us an impression of Cuba around 1960 are all very fine. I' wouldn't call this any more propagandistic than any Michael Bay Movie, far less even. It really captures the soul of Cuba that was exploited by the USA at the time and took matters back in their own hand.

I've been to Cuba last year and if the USA didn't boycott the country the Latin communism could work. But back to the movie. The cinematography is as it has been said so many times one of the best efforts ever, but it is not the only quality because the four stories are very nice and have influenced Hollywood filmmakers more than any American will like to admit.


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