Mikhail Kalatozov - I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba) (1964) - DVD

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov

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prostitute solicits in a posh nightclub but lives in a derelict slum in Havana while a disenfranchised sugarcane farmer is driven to burn his precious produce in despair; an angst-ridden student ponders the use of violence as means of resistance and an apolitical peasant is driven to join Castro’s brigades. These four episodes, narrated by a woman who identifies herself as Cuba, chart the course of a nation’s fate from colonialist subjugation to popular revolutionI Am Cuba is a singular collective endeavour. ASoviet-Cuban production, it boasts the talents of poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko as a screenwriter and represents the aesthetic summit of cinematographer Sergei Urusevskyand director Mikhail Kalatozov’s collaboration (the duo had previously made The Cranes Are Flying and The Letter Never Sent). The film’s elaborately conceived and painstakingly choreographed camera set-ups are without parallel in film history.

Initially commissioned as propaganda, its technical tour-de-force has made it a cult film; earning admiration from film-makers Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) andMartin Scorsese (Taxi DriverRaging Bull).
A work of dazzling cinematographic invention that still has the ability to astound -- Film4
Some of the most exhilarating camera movements and most luscious black-and-white cinematography you'll ever see -- Chicago Reader
It is one of the most visually hypnotic films ever -- and that's not hyperbole -- San Francisco Chronicle
1964 / 140 minutes / Spanish with English subtitles / Mono audio / 4:3 Black & White / DVD PAL Multi Region / MRBDVD01

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