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A.k.a.
I Am Cuba
Year
1964
Runtime
108 min.
Director
Mikhail Kalatozov
Genres
Drama, War, History
Rating *
8.0
Votes *
6,220
Checks
2,003
Favs
357
Dislikes
12
Favs/checks
17.8% (1:6)
Favs/dislikes
30:1
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  1. bdcortright's avatar

    bdcortright

    Some really incredible camera work. 7 years 10 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.
    3 years 1 month ago
  3. ClassicLady's avatar

    ClassicLady

    The camerawork is stunning! The lighting is superb. 6 years 2 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #11 in IMDb's History Top 50
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  2. This movie ranks #11 in The New Cult Canon
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  3. This movie ranks #23 in IMDb's 1960s Top 50
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  4. This movie ranks #26 in IMDb's War Top 50
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  5. This movie ranks #38 in iCheckMovies - Most Favorite
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  6. This movie ranks #61 in Spike Lee's Essential Film List
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  7. This movie ranks #112 in Empire 500
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  8. This movie ranks #188 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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  9. This movie ranks #266 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  10. This movie ranks #346 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
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  11. This movie ranks #396 in NY Times' The Essential 1,000 Films to See
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  12. This movie ranks #516 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
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  13. This movie ranks #642 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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  14. This movie ranks #841 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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