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Cuba Propaganda Film Reviews: Critics on 'I Am Cuba'

By    |   Friday, 04 Mar 2016 10:14 PM

The award-winning 1964 film “I Am Cuba,” was part-written by poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and covers the time of pre-revolution Cuba. The film opened to acclaim and much criticism, though it still shows at festivals around the world today.

The makers cover the stories of peasants farming the poor land for little reward and of women turning to prostitution in an attempt to make a living. In the cities, we see how the people live and the brutal repression of protests by the Batista regime.

Here is some of what the critics had to say on the film “I Am Cuba” and propaganda surrounding it.

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Scott Tobias gave the movie a glowing report on The A.V. Club. Watching a reissued print of the documentary, the reviewer was struck by the beauty and quality of the cinematography. “Though ‘I Am Cuba’ is fascinating enough as an historical footnote, the reason it endures is almost exclusively cinematic,” Tobias wrote.

Film critic and writer Roger Ebert also was taken by the beauty of the camera work in the film but found fault with its storyline. Reviewing the reissued print in 1995, he was struck by some of the camera angles and beautiful shots but brought attention to the outdated politics of the movie, writing: “The movie is of course dated in its politics. Even its depravities and imperialist Yankee misbehavior seem quaint. But as an example of lyrical black and white filmmaking, it is still stunning.”

In the Village Voice, Michael Atkinson also noted the high quality of the camera work of the 1964 movie while not taking as much notice of the dated politics. Atkinson wrote: “Famously, superhuman cinematographic stunt work and unearthly infrared-stock exposures mate with an unfettered revolutionary outrage—abstractly detailing life before and during Castro's rebel war.”

Slant Magazine critic, Ed Gonzalez, gave the movie a positive review after seeing a reissued print. In his article, he praised the cinematography and questioned why the movie was not reissued earlier. The politics of the movie are open to question, Gonzalez said, but that shouldn’t distract from the beauty of the production. He wrote: “Flash-forward three decades and ‘I Am Cuba’ is an acknowledged cinematic masterwork. Today, its dreamy, inimitable style resonates differently for Cubans who once denounced the film.”

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The award-winning 1964 film "I Am Cuba," was part-written by poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and covers the time of pre-revolution Cuba. The film opened to acclaim and much criticism, though it still shows at festivals around the world today.
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