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I Am Cuba: The Ultimate Edition [Import]

Sergio Corrieri , Salvador Wood , Mikhail Kalatozov    Unrated   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars viva cuba! Jan. 19 2004
By A Customer
What on earth does the guy from new york mean? 'The disaster Havana has become' ?! Have you EVER been?! Havana is STILL beautiful!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Flawed packaging Dec 13 2007
Amazon.com has now shipped three of Milestone's I am Cuba Ultimate Edition to me and they have all arrived defective. The first set arrived with a damaged disc three. The second with damaged discs two and three. The third with damaged discs one and two. I shouldn't have sent the first set back because I actually could have cobbled together a working set from all three.

The problem is one that happens far too often with DVD's. The discs are falling off the spindles and are getting scratched as a result. I would put Milestone's I am Cuba packaging up there with the awful fold out Buffy and Angel Fox sets which, since they had spindles which didn't require you to "press here" to release the disc, usually arrived with several discs scratched. I finally had to give up on one of the seasons of Angel for this reason. As for I am Cuba I have to give up on it since Amazon won't send me another. You would think that by now companies could make a product which didn't result in this problem. I know, I am dreaming...

Because of this problem I would recommend against buying this product until Milestone fixes it. I know snowball's chance in hell...All of this is unfortunate because I am Cuba is a brilliant film and along with Cranes Are Flying prefigures much of the French nouvelle vague.

Finally, I have contacted Milestone three times about this problem now--so much for Mr. Doros claim that the company hasn't been contacted directly about this problem. I haven't heard a word from them...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Half masterpiece, half junk July 17 2004
One critic once wrote of the 1957 film version of "Peyton Place" that it was "half masterpiece and half junk". The same can almost be said for I Am Cuba. Long admired by filmmakers such as Scorcese and Coppola, this film to some represents the low-point of Soviet cinema -i.e., anything post-Eisenstein and pre-Tarkovsky- and to others it is a wonderful -if melodramatic- exercise in the technique of "pure cinema": sweeping hand-held camera, ultra-long takes (surely influential on the work of Bela Tarr) and knife-edge chariscouro imagery.
While overtly propagandistic, showing the suffering of decent Cubans at the hands of mainly American "imperialists", the film's technique is dazzling, with brilliantly expressive camerawork and strong performances from all involved. Although the dubbing -there is both Russian and Spanish in there- can be irritating, the story is so effectively visually as to overcome these deficencies. Highly recommended for any fan of how to tell a story with the maximum of show and style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fidel, sinverguenza! Feb. 21 2004
This film is stunning and mesmerizing,definitely worth seeing.
However, its message is definitely pro-Fidel, pro-revolution, pro-Cuba as a romantic, idyllic, desirable, utopic mecca of ideals. If one can keep in check the political perspective/vantage point of the filmmaker, and not get carried away with fantasies that would lead one away from the reality of the horror/lack of freedom of expression/oppression/ incarceration of dissidents whose "crime" is setting up free access libraries, (these are just a sampling of the horrors...)/that has existed and progressively worsened since January 1959, then one can objectively say that this movie is art, and as art it is provocative and beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Am Cuba Feb. 7 2004
I don't know any filmmakers who are not stunned by this visual masterpiece. The hand held shot that traverses a hotel in decadent, pre-Castro Cuba is the stuff of legend- a long moving camera shot that floats through space as if suspended by magic. And this was before the steady-cam was invented. The opening aerials shot with infrared film alone justify this film's 5 star rating. You don't have to take the politics seriously to admire the fluid camera work and unique aural-visual style of this little seen master work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Am Cuba Jan. 27 2004
The guy from NY is very right. On the other hand the Dr. has a very "communist oriented" thought. The Bay of Pigs was not a terrorist attack, and although I do agree with the fact that schools are not teaching with enough information on subjects like these, I do realized that the Dr. picked up the wrong books or he was told different otherwise. And my friend in London obviously was taken to the wrong part of La Habana. If you want to enjoy the black and white cinematography, you know very well that's going to be the G-spot.
That is just my opinion!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Visual Stunning Ridiculous Message Sept. 26 2003
By A Customer
"I Am Cuba" is a stunningly photographed piece of pro-Castro propaganda. The film simple minded message US capitalist are evil and the Cuban revolution is good is explored in a series of episodes. The photography is amazing and its ironic how beautifull Havana looked then to the disater it has clearly become.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Propaganda? So What! It is Beautiful. June 29 2003
...P>"I Am Cuba" is mythopoeia par excellence. As an example of that genre, it is highly idealized. I would have been disappointed if it had been otherwise. And as Virgina Woolf said In A Room of One's Own (a wonderful book), all good fiction tells the truth. "I Am Cuba" tells the truth of the Cuban Revolution. Viewers will see in this film the repression and appalling class differences of the Batista regime, the sacrifices and ambivalences of those who participated in the Revolution, and a symbolic representation of the triumph of the revolutionaries. What I found compelling is that Castro is mostly an unseen presence in the film, perhaps more like a whisper than a presence. Instead, the film rightly focuses on the lives of Cubans touched by this great human drama. That is as it should be because the Revolution was about the Cuban people, not just one man.
The film is breathtakingly beautiful. Black and white never appeared more colorful than in this film. Watch it for those reasons. That will be all the reasons that you'll need.
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