Film screening: I am Cuba
17 May 2017
Wednesday 17 May 7.30pm
I am Cuba / Soy Cuba (1964, Director Mikhail Kalatazov, Soviet Union/Cuba, in spanish with english subtitles)
Film screening hosted by Norwich Cuba Solidarity Campaign. Free entry, donations welcome.
Watch the opening 5 minutes here
Richard Gott's review of the film for The Guardian in 2005 said
"Even today this Soviet-Cuban film that purports to be about Cuba's revolution is a wonderful evocation of everyone's first-time impressions of the island, with the royal palm trees in the countryside and the Havana skyline taking pride of place.
It remains one of the great movies of the 1960s, though it rarely appears in dictionaries of film. Few people outside Cuba or the old Soviet Union have ever seen it, and it was not shown in the US until the 1990s.
Those who have had the chance to see it recognise it at once as one of the masterpieces of world cinema....
It brilliantly evokes the vibrant atmosphere of the island, and of that extraordinary decade when the Cubans moved out of the American sphere and began to carve out a new world of their own imagining."
BBC review of the film in 2002 said:
"...From the moment the film begins - at a pool party among the skyscrapers of Havana - Kalatozov works his way through every camera angle and shooting set-up imaginable...
The camera gives us a kaleidoscopic vision of Cuban life, racing through sugar cane fields, gyrating around the Havana nightclubs, zooming in and out of the revolutionary struggle, ranging up and down the sides of buildings and even, in one truly jaw-dropping sequence, cruising high above a funeral procession through the city's streets...
This rewrites the textbook of how to shoot a film.
It's a vibrant, joyous piece of technical accomplishment that's probably one of the most relentlessly innovative films you'll ever see."
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