DVD I Am Cuba [DVD] [1 disc] [Region 2] [5024017002692] (DVD 4439831),
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I Am Cuba [DVD] [1 disc] [Region 2] [5024017002692]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 2 Europe+ (info)
  • This Russian-made study of Cuba, partially written by renowned poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, captures the island just before it made the transition to a post-revolutionary society. Moving from city to country and back again, I AM CUBA examines the various problems caused by political oppression as well as by great discrepancies in wealth and power.

    Beginning in Havana in the pre-Castro era, we see how foreigners contributed to the city's prostitution and poverty; this sequence features dreamy, hallucinogenic camera work that creates a feeling of unease and dislocation. Then, in glorious images of palm tress and fertile land, the film looks at the sugar cane fields in the countryside, and the difficulties faced by peasants working the land. Finally, back in the city again, leftist students battle the police and a corrupt government--and pay a high price for their rebellion.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7002692

  • Credits
    Jean Bouise
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A memorably eccentric and lyrical hymn to the transformatory powers of cinema..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Black-and-white visuals that rank with the finest..."
    USA Today

    "...I AM CUBA is fascinating enough as a time piece...But its textural brilliance would be astounding in any context..."

    "...Visionary cinematography....[The photography] illustrates the revolution's explosive polarities and burning passions..."
    New York Times

    "...A great poetic epic that blends the stirring visual daring of Russia's cinema of revolution with an intoxicating Latin sensuality..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Fascinating....As an example of lyrical black and white filmmaking, it is still stunning..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[T]he film features sequences of breathtaking visual impact....Never has revolution looked so good."

    5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] visually ravishing piece of Communist propaganda."
    Total Film

    "Viewed today, the Cuban-Soviet collaboration seems bitterly ironic....[An] overlooked gem..." -- Grade: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

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