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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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, (as Evgueny Evtushenko)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergio Corrieri ...
Alberto
Salvador Wood
José Gallardo ...
Pedro
Raúl García ...
Enrique
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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Storyline

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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December 1995 (USA)  »

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I Am Cuba  »

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$160,697 (USA)
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(2005 restored Spanish) | (2005 restored Spanish)

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1.37 : 1
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Both the Soviets and the Cubans were disappointed in the film. In Cuba, it is referred to as "I am NOT Cuba". They never felt it was a portrait of themselves - but, rather a depiction of Cuba imposed on them by the Soviet Union. Soviet Union wanted to make a straight-forward propaganda film. They felt the director Mikhail Kalatozov made an 'art' film instead. See more »

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The voice of Cuba: I am Cuba. Once, Christopher Columbus landed here. He wrote in his diary: "This is the most beautiful land ever seen by human eyes." Thank you, Señor Columbus. When you saw me for the first time, I was singing and laughing. I waved the fronds of my palms to greet your sails. I thought your ships brought happiness. I am Cuba. Ships took my sugar, and left me tears. Strange thing... sugar, Señor Columbus. It contains so many tears, but it is sweet...
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Simply the most visually stunning film I've ever seen.
13 March 2002 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Every frame of this film deserves to be printed, framed and hung in a gallery. And the sound, wow. The sound... Crunchy super-intimate sounds- like the sound of machetes ringing in the cane field- are as evocative as the images.

1964. It's amazing how much can be done with so little...


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