A camera restlessly prowls, runs, rises on tiptoes, swims, cowers, flies...A fantasia not really concerning politics, or communism, or repression, but on the possibilities of cinema itself. And isn't that freedom of a sort...?
Of course I AM CUBA would come rapidly to be branded decadent formalism by the miserablist Soviet art arbiters. Socialist realism this project could have been but ultimately is decidedly not. It is a sublimely dexterous cinematographic pageant, the camera routinely doing stunning things. But it hardly exists in a vacuum. Kalatozov would appear to have studied the existing fragments of Eisenstein's ¡QUE VIVA MÉXICO!
Amazing direction and black and white cinematography,with the camera always moving.Even if you don't agree with the politics,the characters are all interesting.Still,no denying there was a need for change in Batista's Cuba.