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A.k.a.
I Am Cuba
Year
1964
Runtime
108 min.
Director
Mikhail Kalatozov
Genres
Drama, War, Music
Rating *
8.0
Votes *
6,220
Checks
1,867
Favs
334
Dislikes
11
Favs/checks
17.9% (1:6)
Favs/dislikes
30:1
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  1. bdcortright's avatar

    bdcortright

    Some really incredible camera work. 6 years 7 months ago
  2. Railok's avatar

    Railok

    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.
    1 year 11 months ago
  3. Wise Jake's avatar

    Wise Jake

    great film, astounding, wonderful communist spirit 8 years 9 months ago
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  5. This movie ranks #61 in Spike Lee's Essential Film List
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  7. This movie ranks #188 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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  12. This movie ranks #841 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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