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I Am Cuba (1964)

Soy Cuba (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | December 1995 (USA)
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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
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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Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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:

I Am Cuba See more »

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Gross USA:

$160,697
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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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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

The voice of Cuba: I am Cuba. There are two paths for people when they are born. The path of slavery - it crushes and decays. And the path of the star - it illuminates but kills. You will choose the star. Your path will be hard, and it will be marked by blood. But in the name of justice wherever a single person goes, thousands more will rise up. And when there are no more people, then the stones will rise up. I am Cuba. When men are born, there are two paths. You will choose the star... The path will be hard, and...
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Film School
27 January 2001 | by Eight TwoSee all my reviews

No less than thirty shots have been ripped off from this movie in the past five years, in films like Out of Sight, Boogie Nights, and Pulp Fiction. Watching "I Am Cuba" is an education in film technique and the beauty of the eponymous country. The picture's plot is abysmal. It is an exercise in cinematography. It is among the most influential movies, style-wise, that the American public has never seen and honestly brilliant on all terms.

Imagine taking a tour of Cuba, in 1964, through the eyes of four metaphors: luxury, poverty, revolution, and vagrancy. Times are changing, the country is changing. However, no matter how much anything changes, the sun-soaked gorgeousness of the land doesn't budge. The camera glides around like a member of the tour who has gone off on his own, looking at the four principles.

I Am Cuba is film that needs no hyperbole. It Is Great


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