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Soy Cuba

In this Soviet take on the Cuban revolutionary experience, Mikhail Kalatozov attempted to create a film as powerful as Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin. Set in the mid-1950s during the Batista dictatorship, the film traverses four loosely narrated stories portraying life in pre-revolutionary Cuba.

Shot in luscious black and white and demonstrating acrobatic camerawork, the film is an exhilarating visual experiment by Kalatozov and his cinematographer, Sergei Urusevskii, in what they termed ‘emotional camerawork’ – a technique to express characters’ feelings through camera movements. The film remained practically unknown until it was rediscovered in the early 1990s, but is now considered a masterpiece of world cinema.

Part of the Kino Klassika Foundation’s A World to Win programme

BBFC rating
PG
Year
1964
Running time
135 mins
Country
Cuba, USSR
Format
35mm
Director
Mikheil Kalatozishvili
Cast
Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, Jose Gallardo

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