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  1. Jason's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    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!

  2. Balthaz21's rating of the film I Am Cuba

  3. Øyvind Rype's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    The third act is worth fourth stars alone, in all its communistic splendor and extraordinary camera work.

  4. Mariana Cruz's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    It got a little too propagandistic for my taste near the end, but this is, without a doubt, a cinematic masterpiece, probably way ahead of its time. If it weren't for its obvious political agenda, I'm sure it would have gotten the visibility it deserves. The words uttered through the voice-off are beautifully lyrical, while the camera movement tells the story on its own.

  5. Theories Of Anxiety's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    'I am not tired' should be a meme, a classy one.

  6. kinotopia's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    strong start but then everything starts to fall apart as it degenerates into a boring agitprop movie with a beyond hokey ending. russian v/o was insufferable.

  7. Domenico Ricucci's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    Maybe the most beautiful long shots in the history of cinema.

  8. Christofi Cotonou's rating of the film I Am Cuba

  9. Margot H's rating of the film I Am Cuba

  10. Levi Miah's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    Absolutely masterful camerawork and set pieces. I prefer to omit the propaganda angle and view it as more of a metaphorical piece about revolution from totalitarian governments. Soy Cuba is a pure jazz film all the way to the brutal finale. Powerful and epic filmmaking.

  11. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    Dazzling stuff, part drama and part travelogue. Loved it.

  12. Carlos Carneiro's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    a cinematic achievement in technical terms.

  13. tintinmugshot's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    Total masterpiece. It's propagandist, but many films here in US are and we don't point it like it. The cinematography and camera work are absolutely shocking and mesmerizing. A classic, a must see.

  14. factorfifty@gmail.com's rating of the film I Am Cuba

  15. Raymond Likes Subtitles's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    The camera work is everything in this film.

  16. Le temps perdu's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    3.5 stars beautiful cinematography

  17. Ankush Samant's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    Beautiful storytelling in monochrome and a saddening story of the transformation of Cuba. And the worst part is that. as humans, we never fail to amaze ourselves.

  18. Superfrog's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    Enjoyed the camerawork, many of the scenes, but as a whole I am not convinced. Maybe I am just too sad that the idea of socialism is now in documentary fiction form.

  19. Zanna Walsh's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    incredibly moving, beautifully shot, some stunning set pieces..The one take near the beginning from the crazy band playing along side the beauty pageant, the students coming down the steps, the nightclub with the prostitutes, the farmer and his sugar beet. the family being bombed. I sometimes felt I wasn't watching actors, it seemed so real. Wonderful.

  20. Trickstian Shantih's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    The triumph of ideology is total. The movie is an exercise on voodoology. The labyrinthine modern architecture seen as a tool of alienation and opression. The pre-Castro regime of Batista, depicted as dystopic plutocracy, the Americans in the club, as debauchers. Only the peasant, listening to the sound of rain in the field, is pure. The mulatto, the student, the guerillero, a hora staccato trinity.

  21. SiIencio's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    Technical, innovative, masterful, poetic. Kalatozov excels at those long shots, the epic frames, Wellesian angles, the luminosity that floods air and land and a touch a poetry marching along those ones fighting for freedom. A story of colonial debauchery and explotation of the common man. And we in the West, fairly brainwashed by tradition, see propaganda on everything that feels slightly politically revolutionary.

  22. Leigh Collins's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    Wow. What a stunning film. Yes, it's propaganda, but just look at the cinematography, the spectacular camerawork, the mise en scene. This is a work of art that any film lover should appreciate.

  23. anwoody's rating of the film I Am Cuba

    A heroic call to arms. Beautifully filmed and visually stunning. Powerful film with a simple message.

  24. ammar's rating of the film I Am Cuba

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