I Am Cuba: The Ultimate Edition
Dir. Mikhail Kalatozov
On DVD 04/16/10
Started only a week after the Cuban missile crisis and designed to be Cuba's answer to both Sergei Eisenstein's propaganda masterpiece, Potemkin and Jean-Luc Godard's freewheeling romance, Breathless, I Am Cuba turned out to be something quite unique - a wildly schizophrenic celebration of Communist kitsch, mixing Slavic solemnity with Latin sensuality. The plot, or rather plots, feverishly explore the seductive, decadent (and marvelously photogenic) world of Batista's Cuba - deliriously juxtaposing images of rich Americans and bikini-clad beauties sipping cocktails poolside with scenes of ramshackle slums filled with hungry children and gaunt old people. Using wide-angle lenses that distort and magnify and filters that transform palm trees into giant white feathers, Urusevsky's acrobatic camera achieves wild gravity-defying angles as it glides effortlessly through long continuous shots. But I Am Cuba is not just a catalog of bravura technique - it also succeeds in exploring the innermost feelings of the characters and their often desperate situations. Shown unsubtitled at the San Francisco International Film Festival, I Am Cuba received two standing ovations - during the screening. The first movie ever jointly presented by master filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, I Am Cuba is one of the great discoveries in cinema. It will change your view of cinema forever!
Mikhail Kalatozov (28 Dec 1903 – 27 Mar 1973) was a Georgian / Russian filmmaker most famous for The Cranes are Flying, The Unsent Letter, I am Cuba, and The Red Tent.
Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov Written by Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Enrique Pineda Barnet
Produced by Mikhail Kalatozov Cinematography by Sergei Urusevsky Edited by N. Glagoleva Sound by V. Sharun
Brand-new high-def master.
Both Spanish and Russian Soundtracks.
Full-length doc, THE SIBERIAN MAMMOTH.
Full-length doc, FILM ABOUT MIKHAIL KALATOZOV.
Long Interview with Martin Scorsese.
Interview with co-author Yevgeney Yevtushenko.
Original American trailer.