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Superb cinematic expressionism,
This review is from: I am Cuba (Soy Cuba) - (Mr Bongo Films) (1968) [DVD] (DVD)
Cane-cutters under the Carribean skies.....revolutionaries in the mountains.....young activists in fifties Havana...just a few images from this remarkable 2 hour film about Cuba.
The four beautifully shot stories transport the viewer from decadence in pre-Castro Havana towards the days of fighting for freedom. Following a typically soviet propaganda line throughout, this film is far more impressive than it sounds and this may be due to the superb cinematography,the moving shots,crowd scenes and the staccato,sparse dialogue.
I havent seen a film as striking as this for a long time,the slow,even paced stories are a visual delight and i wonder if the bearded revolutionary speaking in the mountains on the radio near the end is meant to be Don Fidel himself?.
Scripted in Spanish with patches of english dialogue,this is a very strange mix of soviet funding and Cuban bravado...superb!.