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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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Understand this: I am fanatical about this movie. But Image's DVD transfer is so painfully inept to watch -- horrid print, spots and speckles, strobing due to oddball frame rate, hideous contrast levels -- that I couldn't bear to watch the DVD beyond 10 minutes.
The person responsible for such an incompetent and abysmal edition of this can't miss movie should be flayed alive in front of all true lovers of cinema. Image, which chopped 10 minutes out of JULIET OF THE SPIRITS despite the representations of the packaging, is the Good Times Video of DVD. That they would do such a worthless job for a Fellini film is cause for anger. That they would due this again to Kalazotov is sacrilegous.
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars People's Revolution? Sept. 2 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The film examines the ways the American-backed regime under Bautista affected individual Cubans. The oppressors here are the United Fruit Company, the men of the US Navy, American backed industrialists and military strongmen. The victims are tenant farmer families, poor women and men, as well as young revolutionary students. Instead of analyzing political situations, the film seeks to provide some very emotional human-interest stories. What makes Cuba special, the film suggests, is the ordinary common man and woman who face adversity with courage, hope, desperation and endurance. This is the essence of a people's revolution.
The film is shot in the starkest of Black and White. It's absolutely some of the best cinematography I have ever seen. Of course it is melodramatic, that's what makes it work as propaganda...But the sense and skill of the director elevates this propaganda to the realm of art...This documentary presents images of decadence, insensitivity and callousness. It's 2 hours and 20 minutes of amazingly moving and powerful filmmaking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Soy Cuba" May 4 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Es interesante notar que en las cuatro partes de la película "Soy Cuba" se puede ver que el tema está al lado de Castro y contra el gobierno antiguo. Y eso había sido hecho a través de las personas principales como Batista el jefe de la policía, María-Betty, y las prostitutas, etc. También la perspectiva de los personas de los E.E.U.U. es de mala representación. Por ejemplo los soldados estadounidenses que se emborrachan y siguen a la mujer, Gloria, gritando y tocándola. Y los hombres al principio de la película tratan a las prostitutas como si fuera propiedades suyas. Las personas cubanos de la película vienen de vidas diferentes; las prostitutas los estudiantes, los campesinos, etc., y sus luchas para lograr la libertad contra las fuerzas de Batista. Es obvio que el jefe de la policía es una persona central que da una representación mala para dar otro ejemplo negativo del gobierno antiguo de Batista y lo bueno de Castro; por los rumores que Castro estaba muerto muestra las ideas al lado de Castro y contra Batista. Sobre todo la cinematografía de la película(negro y blanco) es increíble con aspectos diferentes de filmar que sirven muy bien para representar qué significa la película. Y si quiere acción "Soy Cuba" tiene bastante para evitar el aburrimiento. La única cosa es que "Soy Cuba" ha sido "dubbed" en ruso y esto podría molestar a algunas personas. Pero más que nada es una película maravillosa y vale la pena verla.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Flawed packaging
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. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2007 by Ronald G. Helfrich Jnr
4.0 out of 5 stars fidel, sinverguenza!
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004 by M. B. Hay
5.0 out of 5 stars I Am Cuba
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004 by B. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars I Am Cuba
The guy from NY is very right. On the other hand the Dr. has a very "communist oriented" thought. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2004 by grovvy1967
5.0 out of 5 stars This film should be required for high school history class!
Americans are generally very much in the dark thanks to public school education and the corporate-owned and operated US media. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by Functional Medicine Center
4.0 out of 5 stars viva cuba!
What on earth does the guy from new york mean? 'The disaster Havana has become' ?! Have you EVER been?! Havana is STILL beautiful!
Published on Jan. 19 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Visual Stunning Ridiculous Message
"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... Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films I have seen
I AM CUBA captures the essence of Cuba in many ways. It is more like a documentary than a movie, and you will believe that the actors are ACTUALLY the people they are playing. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes it's propaganda, but it's also a great film
When one watches this, it is important to be aware that this film is pro-Castro propaganda and that the Castro regime did not completely eradicate the ills of the Cuban people seen... Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2002 by Andre M.
1.0 out of 5 stars I am Cuba
... From an artistic point of view the movie is one-dimentional, flat and uninspiringly boring, not to mention so badly shot as to leave one wondering who the was the camera... Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2002 by "nelsonjg"
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