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Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov
Featuring Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, José Gallardo
"Spectacular! Visually stunning." — The New York Times
"There's more innovation in a single sequence than in the last five years of contemporary cinema put together." — BBC
Started only a week after the Cuban missile crisis, and designed to be Cuba's answer to both Sergei Eisenstein's propaganda masterpiece, Potemkin and Jean-Luc Godard's freewheeling romance, Breathless, I Am Cuba turned out to be something quite unique — a wildly schizophrenic celebration of Communist kitsch, mixing Slavic solemnity with Latin sensuality.
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS AWARDS USA
WINNER! ARCHIVAL AWARD 1996
The plot - or rather the plots - feverishly explore the seductive, decadent (and marvelously photogenic) world of Batista's Cuba — deliriously juxtaposing images of rich Americans and bikini-clad beauties sipping cocktails poolside with scenes of ramshackle slums filled with hungry children and gaunt old people. Using wide-angle lenses that distort and magnify, and filters that transform palm trees into giant white feathers, Urusevsky's acrobatic camera achieves wild gravity-defying angles as it glides effortlessly through long continuous shots.
But I Am Cuba is not just a catalog of bravura technique — it also succeeds in exploring the innermost feelings of the characters and their often desperate situations. Shown unsubtitled at the San Francisco International Film Festival, I Am Cuba received two standing ovations — during the screening. The first movie ever jointly presented by master filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, I Am Cuba is one of the great discoveries in cinema. It will change your view of cinema forever.
INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS 1996
NOMINEE, INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD
Best Foreign Film
SOCIETY OF CAMERA OPERATORS 2007
WINNER! HISTORICAL SHOT
"One of the most deliriously beautiful films ever made." — L.A. Weekly
"A sensously beautiful movie...A hymn to the liberation of appetite. Irresistable!" — New York Magazine
"I Am Cuba is a delirious hybrid: an overheated, agitprop salute to the Cuban revolution and a mad, unbridled exercise in film technique...a cinematic poem to the cure-all of Communism - I Am Cuba may be one of the most stylistically vigorous films of all time."
— San Francisco Chronicle
"Although this landmark, politically charged film (which wasn't released in the U.S. until 1995) hammers home a one-sided sentiment, it's masterful filmmaking nonetheless." — T.V. Guide
"A Soviet-Cuban celluloid love letter to the Castro revolution, filmed in beautiful, pellucid monochrome...lyrical and passionate...For its sheer dazzling technique, and the glorious beauty of its cinematography, it deserves impregnable classic status." — The Gaurdian
DVD BONUS MATERIALS "THE ULTIMATE EDITION" Brand-new HD master Both Spanish and Russian Soundtracks Full-length doc, The Siberian Mammoth Full-length documentary film about director Mikhail Kalatozov Lengthy Interview with Martin Scorsese Interview with co-author Yevgeney Yevtushenko Original American trailer Full-length booklet and more!
Actors: Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, José Gallardo, Raúl García, Luz María Collazo
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Writers: Enrique Pineda Barnet, Yevgeni Yevtushenko
Format: Black & White, DVD, Subtitled, NTSC
Language: Russian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Image Entertainment
DVD Release Date: January 18, 2000
Run Time: 141 minutes
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