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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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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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Yes, it is the Best Cinematography
12 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That I've ever seen, and I watch a lot of movies. The story is propaganda, to be sure, and some of the acting is horrible, but WOW! I couldn't take my eyes off of it. Shot after stunning shot....I don't know how they did it, but I didn't mind all the rhetoric because I kept thinking, "Look, that's so beautiful" and "Wow, how did they do that?" I do recommend it also as a historical document of a time most people don't remember....I was born the year it was made and remember "the Communist Threat" but I think a lot of people younger than myself may not remember.

Not to mention that yes, some of the music was also amazing. A must see for any serious film buff.


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