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Writers:
Enrique Pineda Barnet (written by) &
Evgeniy Evtushenko (written by)
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Release Date:
December 1995 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
This study of Cuba--partially written by renowned poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko--captures the island just... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Neglected Propaganda Masterpiece of Great Visual Beauty See more (54 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)
Viktor Mikhajlov .... lighting technician (Cuban version) (as Víctor Mijaylov)
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)
 
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


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Soy Cuba" - Cuba (original title)
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Runtime:
141 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Brazil:18 | Finland:K-12 | Italy:T (2005) | Singapore:PG | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This film got one prize in technical competition in Milan in 1964, during the 6th UNIATEK congress.See more »
Quotes:
Pedro:I used to think the most terrifying thing in life is death. Now I know the most terrifying thing in life is life.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Extra Man (2010)See more »

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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Neglected Propaganda Masterpiece of Great Visual Beauty, 30 November 2000
Author: FilmFlaneur from London

I am Cuba/Soy Cuba features the stories of several Cuban citizen-types: a young prostitute, a farmer, a young revolutionary and so on, up to the start of the island's Castro Revolution.

If this sounds dull, then rest assured that the plot is minimal and, despite it's avowedly political purpose, hardly gets in the way of the film's main attractions today. What distinguishes the production is the cinematography. It is not an exaggeration to say that the images and technique in the film are breathtaking, and it is a tour-de-force of bravura camera work. Apparently Martin Scorcese has screened this film privately to work out how such-and-such a shot was achieved, and perhaps it's influence can be found in the famous through-the-kitchens tracking shot in 'Goodfellas'.

This is a film where the camera is constantly in motion, with sweeping balletic long takes, crane and hand held shots, tracking shots, including some over and down the side of buildings, through cane fields, into swimming pools, around packed night clubs, even hovering and moving along high over a street in the middle of a packed funeral procession - all without the usual cutting. I estimate the average length of a take in this film at about 2 - 3 minutes, a figure rare and astonishing these days, even with the benefit of steadicams - but jaw dropping given the still-unwieldy equipment they were surely using in 1964. In particular one or two large scale sequences must have taken days, if not weeks, to prepare, and presumably needed government marshaling to choreograph. (Ironically, whether or not the film makers intended it, the liberated camera work on display here reflects the notion of revolutionary freedom far more than the actual story vignettes.)

The film itself is shot in high contrast gleaming black and white, favouring wide angle lenses, and with a constant deep focus that reminded me of Greg Toland's work for Welles or some of James Wong Howes' work. Kalatozov's use of a handful of character 'types' throughout recalls Eisenstein's (and in fact there is a faint reference to his the Odessa Steps sequence in 'Battleship Potemkin' at one point when the revolutionary rioters march down some steps), but the effect here is far more sensual and lyrical. (Among the professional actors, Sergio Corrieri also appears in the better-known Memories of Underdevelopment). The film's 'artiness' is undeniably a distraction from the message of struggle, and to the original viewers the beautiful images must have been a long way from reality in the New Cuba.

Today we don't have this problem and the viewer is left with a visual feast to enjoy over and over again..

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