I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba)
I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba) (1995)

Hidden away in the Soviet archives for three decades, "I Am Cuba" is a wildly schizophrenic celebration of Communist kitsch, mixing Slavic solemnity with Latin sensuality -- a whirling, feverish dance through both the sensuous… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 8, 1995
DVD Release Date: January 18, 2000
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Some of the most exhilarating camera movements and most luscious black-and-white cinematography you'll ever see inhabit this singular, delirious 141-minute communist propaganda epic.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

The resulting assault is so epicly impassioned it's less about Cuba per se than the fusillade of movement, shadow, light, vertigo, and landscape on the viewer's tender optic nerves.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of the most technically impressive films of its time, and one of the most politically naive.

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Time Out

Cinema's singular dream, so often betrayed elsewhere, is to deliver such visions as this.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

It is a dream of life in which everything is reduced to black and white. Or as the rhetoric used to go, you are either part of the problem or part of the solution. Nothing was ever quite that simple.

Anthony Holden

A work of dazzling cinematographic invention that still has the ability to astound.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

It is one of the most visually hypnotic films ever -- and that's not hyperbole.

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

In a sense, it's a movie about looking past surfaces to see what's in front of you. It takes the time to look around and discovers majesty, beauty and pathos everywhere it turns.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

Politics, propaganda and poetry are whipped into an exotic cinematic cocktail in Mikhail Kalatozov's delirious tribute to the Cuban revolution...

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
A revolutionary cinematographic! Astounding film! Beautiful black and white photography, Kalatozov use a magnificently camera movements plan sequence. Visually… More
Bruce Bruce
I really didn't enjoy this one as much as I enjoy other foregin flix. The Secenes were great, but the story line just didn't do much for me, maybe if… More
Ken Stachnik
Manipulative? Yes Propaganda? Yes Breathtaking? Absolutely. An absolute must see for fans of cinematography. Most of the film is composed of full mag single… More
Daniel Hetteix
Almost sublime cinematography and storytelling. Half of the movie makes you wonder simply about how the cameraman got those shots. One masterful sequence… More
Stephen M
Whatever this Soviet-Cuban co-production's failings as a piece of propaganda, as an exercise in bravura camerawork it is simply astonishing. The film was… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"I Am Cuba" is a beautiful film about pre-revolution Cuba. In the prologue, we see rural Cuba and an off-screen narrator… More

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