great forgotten movies: Soy Cuba

Those located in London have the rare chance to see Soy Cuba during the next days at ICA (screenings start this friday).
The film is Mikhail Kalatozov’s account of the Castro revolution, Soy Cuba, is more than Soviet agitprop. It’s one of the great forgotten movies of the 1960s, .. (continues in From Russia with love / Guardian)

A masterclass in bravura movie-making, this dazzling, delirious epic of Communist propaganda has to be seen on the big-screen to be fully appreciated. Made in 1964 but virtually unknown and unseen until its initial re-release in the mid-1990s, Soy Cuba

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takes the viewer on a journey from the decadent ‘pools and parties’ milieu of Cuba under Batista, into the world of poverty and oppression created by US imperialism before finally emerging into a revolutionary dawn. Russian director Mikhail Kalatozov (The Cranes are Flying) and cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky create staggering sequences with the camera performing seemingly impossible feats. The politics may be naïve but such is its power and beauty that you can’t help but be stirred by this one-of-a-kind experience. (ICA)

further links:
the film’s history at wikipedia
filmkritik (german)

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