Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.

Director:

Mikhail Kalatozov (as Mijail Kalatozov)

Writers:

Enrique Pineda Barnet, Evgeniy Evtushenko (as Evgueny Evtushenko)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergio Corrieri ... Alberto
Salvador Wood Salvador Wood
José Gallardo José Gallardo ... Pedro
Raúl García Raúl García ... Enrique
Luz María Collazo Luz María Collazo ... Maria / Betty
Jean Bouise ... Jim (in Cuban version) (as Jean Bouisse)
Alberto Morgan Alberto Morgan ... Ángel
Celia Rodriguez ... Gloria (in Cuban version) (as Zilia Rodríguez)
Fausto Mirabal Fausto Mirabal
Roberto García York Roberto García York ... American activist
María de las Mercedes Díez María de las Mercedes Díez
Bárbara Domínguez Bárbara Domínguez
Jesús del Monte Jesús del Monte ... (as Isis del Monte)
Luisa María Jiménez Luisa María Jiménez ... Teresa
Mario González Broche 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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Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Enrique gets to the top of the high-rise building he gains access to the roof by stepping through a window with a broken pane of glass. When he returns, the pane in same window is unbroken. See more »

Quotes

Ugly American #1: Gentlemen, all men are created equal and that goes for the broads too! So, let's be really democratic about it and draw lots.
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Soundtracks

Loco amor
(Spanish-speaking adaptation of the 1958 song "Crazy Love")
Music and lyrics by Paul Anka
Performed by El Duo Los Diablos (as Los Diablos Demonicos)
Added accompaniment music recorded later at the Prado 210 studio
With Chucho Valdés (piano), Guillermo Barreto (drums) and Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez (bass).
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Simply the most visually stunning film I've ever seen.
13 March 2002 | by tom_decuirSee 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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Official Sites:

Mr Bongo Films

Country:

Cuba | Soviet Union

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soy Cuba See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$168,100

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$274,098
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2005 restored Spanish) | (1964 original) | (2019 Milestone Restoration)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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