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Some really incredible camera work.
Without a doubt, "Soy Cuba" is beautifully filmed, fantastic cinematography and great staging which gives the movie a great power.
However, as some has already pointed out, it is quite superficial (some would say stereotypical) and reflects the contemporary (1964) view that the Cuban government had of their recent revolutionary period. There are some historical anachronisms and the script by Yevtushenko and Pineda Barnet is not very subtle to say the least. It felt downright melodramatic at times when making things a little bit more natural could have elevated the movie tremendously.
In terms of narrative structure, my thoughts were immediately drawn to Rossellini's "Paisà" (1946) which follows the same vignetté structure around a historical event (the invasion and liberation of Italy by Allied forces in Paisà, the Cuba Revolution in Soy Cuba) and the use of actors with little to no previous experience.
Technically astounding, but like most propaganda, in any age, implausible and superficial.
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