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I Am Cuba

Sergio Corrieri , Salvador Wood , Mikhail Kalatozov    Unrated   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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A most acclaimed discovery, I Am Cuba will change your view of cinema forever! Filmed by great Russian director Mikhail Kalatozov (The Cranes Are Flying), I Am Cuba is an epic poem to Communist kitsch--a whirling, feverish dance through the sensuous decadence of Battista's Havana and the grinding poverty and oppression of the Cuban people. Presented jointly by master directors Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese, I Am Cuba has received universal acclaim and admiration from around the world as a true classic of world cinema. In Spanish and Russian with English subtitles. 140 minutes.

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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 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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
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 Propaganda? So What! It is Beautiful.
...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. Read more
Published on June 29 2003 by Dana Garrett
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"
5.0 out of 5 stars People's Revolution?
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... Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2002 by David Grim
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