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Javier Argüelles, an opportunistic young man from Cuban middle class, survives all kind of political changes in Havana, from 1932 to 1959, while his brother Darío is persecuted and killed because of his leftist ideas. Written by
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30 years of Cuban history includes a scene reminiscent of a Bugs Bunny cartoon
Humberto Solas's "Un hombre de exito" ("A Successful Man" in English) portrays three decades in the life of an affluent Cuban. The movie starts in 1932, during the dictatorship of Gerardo Machado. Our protagonist always looks for ways to benefit from the socio-political status quo over the years, while his brother never ceases protesting. But the triumph of the revolution in 1959 throws things into flux.
I admit that I may be the only person who interpreted a similarity to a Bugs Bunny cartoon (especially given the circumstances of the scene). In a scene set in 1937, some people are holding a party praising Nazi Germany's support of Franco's forces in Spain. So, they put on a performance of Wagner's opera. The music is the same that got used in Chuck Jones's "What's Opera, Doc?" (needless to say, here they don't use Bugs Bunny's and Elmer Fudd's lyrics).
Like I said, that's a very loose interpretation, and possibly inappropriate due to the portrayal of a Nazi-Falangist party. I just come up with all sorts of unusual connections. As for the movie itself, I thought that it constituted a good look at the eras depicted, although it helps to know Cuba's history. Worth seeing.
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