IMDb > I Am Cuba (1964)
Soy Cuba
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guide
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

I Am Cuba (1964) More at IMDbPro »Soy Cuba (original title)

Photos (See all 8 | slideshow) Videos
I Am Cuba -- Open-ended Trailer from Milestone

Overview

User Rating:
8.0/10   6,254 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 11% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Enrique Pineda Barnet (written by) &
Evgeniy Evtushenko (written by)
Contact:
View company contact information for I Am Cuba on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
December 1995 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(13 articles)
Dispatch from Cuba and the Havana Film Festival, December 2016
 (From Sydney's Buzz. 28 December 2016, 6:40 PM, PST)

25 underrated political dramas
 (From Den of Geek. 22 December 2016, 1:48 PM, PST)

Cinerama’s Russian Adventure
 (From Trailers from Hell. 21 November 2016, 3:11 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
A pinnacle of cinematic art See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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)
Tony López
Héctor Castañeda
Rosendo Lamadriz
Roberto Villar
Roberto Cabrera
Alfredo Ávila
José Espinosa
Rafael Díaz
Isabel Moreno
Manuel J. Mora (as Manuel Mora)
Raquel Revuelta ... The voice of Cuba
Nina Nikitina ... Russian text reader (Russian version) (as N. Nikitina)
Georgi Yepifantsev ... Russian Text Reader (Russian version) (as G. Yepifantsev)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aramís Delgado ... (uncredited)
El Duo Los Diablos ... Themselves (uncredited)
Pepe Ramírez ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Mikhail Kalatozov (Cuban version) (as Mijail Kalatozov)
 
Writing credits
Enrique Pineda Barnet (written by) &
Evgeniy Evtushenko (written by) (as Evgueny Evtushenko)

Original Music by
Carlos Fariñas 
 
Cinematography by
Sergey Urusevskiy (Cuban version) (as Serguey Urusevsky)
 
Film Editing by
Nina Glagoleva  (as N. Glagoleva)
 
Production Design by
Evgeniy Svidetelev (Cuban version) (as Evgueny Svidietelev)
 
Costume Design by
René Portocarrero 
 
Makeup Department
Luz M. Cáceres .... makeup artist
Vera Rudina .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bela Fridman .... production manager
Maryakhin Simyon .... production manager (Cuban version) (as S. Maryakhin: Russian version) (as Semión Mariajin)
Miguel Mendoza .... production manager (Russian version) (as M. Mendoza)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Tanner .... assistant director (also as G. Tanner: Russian version)
Marina Volovich .... assistant director (Russian version) (as M. Volovich)
Oleg Zernov .... assistant director (Russian version) (as O. Zernov)
 
Art Department
Luis Carrillo .... construction chief (Russian version) (as L. Carrillo)
José Cruz .... construction chief
Carmelina García .... props (Russian version) (as K. García)
Francisco Labrador .... props (Russian version) (as F. Labrador)
Elsa Mustelier .... props (Russian version) (as E. Mustelier)
Mário Noa .... props (Russian version) (as M. Noa)
Luis Obregón .... construction chief (Russian version) (as L. Obregon)
René Portocarrero .... artistic consultant
Milagros Trabas .... props (Russian version) (as M. Trabas)
Juan Varona .... construction chief (Russian version) (as H. Varona)
 
Sound Department
Rodolfo Plaza .... sound assistant (Russian version) (as R. Plaza)
Vladlen Sharun .... sound (Russian version) (as V. Sharun)
 
Special Effects by
Boris Travkin .... special effects (as B. Travkin)
A. Vinokurov .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Boris Brozhovsky .... camera operator (Russian version) (also as Boris Broshovsky: Cuban version) (as B. Brozhovsky)
Alexander Calzatti .... camera operator (Russian version) (also as Alexandr Kalzaty: Cuban version) (as A. Kaltsatyj)
Guido Cantero .... lighting technician (Russian version) (as G. Kantero)
Rolando Dovo .... still photographer (Russian verison) (as R. Dovo)
Manuel Oropesa .... assistant camera (Russian version) (as M. Oropesa)
Manuel A. Ramírez .... assistant camera (Russian version) (as M.A. Ramirez)
Konstantin Shipov .... assistant camera (Russian version) (as K. Shipov)
Mikhailov Viktor .... lighting technician (Cuban version) (as Víctor Mijaylov)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carmelina García .... wardrobe (Russian version) (as K. García)
Francisco Labrador .... wardrobe (Russian version) (as F. Labrador)
Elsa Mustelier .... wardrobe (Russian version) (as E. Mustelier)
Mário Noa .... wardrobe (Russian version) (as M. Noa)
Milagros Trabas .... wardrobe (Russian version) (as M. Trabas)
 
Editorial Department
Lidia Tyurina .... assistant editor (Russian version) (as L. Tyurina)
Lidia Tyurina .... assistant editor (Cuban version) (as Lidia Tyurina)
 
Music Department
M. Duchesne .... orchestra director (uncredited in the Cuban version)
Emin Khachaturyan .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Rolando Bruguez .... assistant to director (Russian version) (as R. Bruguez)
Regino Fariñas .... advisor (Russian version) (as Teniente Regino Fariñas: Cuban version) (as R. Farinas)
Arquímedes Fonseca .... military advisor (Russian version) (as A. Fonseca)
Arquímedes Fonseca .... military advisor (Cuban version) (as Capitán Arquímedes Fonseca)
Laura García .... assistant to director (Russian version) (as L. Garcia)
Pavel Grushko .... executive in charge of translations
Saturnino Miguel .... assistant to director (Russian version) (as M. Saturnino)
Manuel J. Mora .... production administrator (Russian version) (as M. Mora)
Rubén Negrín .... production administrator (Russian version) (as R. Negrin)
Roberto Romay .... production administrator (Russian version) (as R. Romay)
Jorge Rouco .... production assistant
Konstantin Stenkin .... production assistant (Russian version) (as Konstantin Steñkin: Cuban version) (as K. Stenkin)
Armando Suez .... choreographer (Russian version) (as A. Sues)
Eduardo Valdés Rivero .... production administrator
Eduardo Valdés Rivero .... production assistant
T. Vargina .... production assistant
Ávila .... title designer (uncredited in Russian version)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Soy Cuba" - Cuba (original title)
See more »
Runtime:
Japan:108 min | 135 min (2005 restored Spanish version) | 141 min (2005 restored Spanish version)
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Brazil:18 | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 | Italy:T (2005) | Singapore:PG | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When released, the film was not shown outside of Cuba and the Soviet Union. In the Soviet Union it was only shown at around 8 venues.See more »
Quotes:
Student Marchers:[singng] Run to the battle, fellow people of Bayamo. Your country looks at you with pride. Do not fear a glorious death, to die for your motherland is to live. To live enchained is to submit to insult and ignominy. Hear the bugle sound: Prepare for battle, o' valiant ones! Onward!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Extra Man (2010)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
38 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
A pinnacle of cinematic art, 18 November 2002
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

"Don't avert your eyes. Look! I am Cuba. For you, I am the casino, the bar, hotels and brothels. But the hands of these children and old people are also me" -- Yevgeni Yevtushenko

I Am Cuba is described by film critic Elliot Wilhelm as "a unique, insane, exhilarating spectacle". Filmed in Spanish, dubbed in Russian, and subtitled in English, this unique collaboration between Russian director Mikhail Kalatozov (The Cranes are Flying), the poet Yevgeni Yevtushenko, and writer Enrique Pineda Barnet dramatizes the conditions that led to the 1959 Cuban revolution. Originally made in 1964 (and unpopular both in Russia and Cuba), it was released in 1995 through the combined efforts of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.

I Am Cuba is set in the late 1950s when a ragtag bunch of students, workers, and peasants organized to overthrow the corrupt regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista. The film is divided into four sequences. The first depicts the American-run gambling casinos and prostitution in Havana. The next shows a farmer burning his sugar cane when he learns he is going to lose his land to United Fruit. Another describes the suppression of students and dissenters at Havana University, and the final sequence shows how government bombing of mountain fields induced farmers to join with the rebels in the Sierra Maestre mountains. The final scene is a triumphal march into Havana to proclaim the revolution.

Marvelously photographed in black and white by Sergei Urusevsky and using acrobatic camerawork by Alexandr Kalzaty, some of the shots and distorted camera angles are so staggering as to be virtually unbelievable. In one sequence, the camera lifts off from a hotel rooftop, takes in the Havana skyline, descends several floors, winds its way through the poolside party-goers, and then takes you for a swim in the pool in one continuous shot. Reminiscent of Sergei Eisenstein, the caricatures are broad but are presented with such exuberance that it hardly seems to matter. Audacious and imaginative, I Am Cuba is a revelation, not only for its style but also for its inspiration. Filmed with true visionary poetry, I Am Cuba transcends the genre of advocacy filmmaking to reach a pinnacle of cinematic art.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (59 total) »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
1900 Blood Diamond The Best of Youth Persepolis The Battle of Algiers
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb Cuba section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.