She didn't get permission from the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC) to shoot a film. so Agnes Varda took 1800 photos, brought them back to France, and made a fabulous film anyway. Don't expect a comprehensive history in 27 minutes, but what we get is delightful and informative. And the music is super. Agnes Varda hasn't disappointed me yet!
Salut les cubains is such a wonderful film. I'm glad it's available here on The Auteurs. This film is featured in the Directors World Cup 2010 here at MUBI. Hopefully it will do well and a lot of people will be able to see the film. PM me for more info on the Directors World Cup if you don't know about it already. Thanks!
It's hard to judge a film like this because there is a certain naivete to the political aspects of the story she's telling. In some parts it seems like a "Come to Cuba" ad. We're probably better off with this celebration of the mixture of cultures that makes Cuba distinctive. Can't wait to go.
As usual, a delightful film from Agnès Varda. This documentary contains an array of intimate photographs, and truly exemplifies the beauty of the "moving image." I loved the portion with Beny Moré. Look for one of Varda's signatures - an obsessive focus on her subject's hands.
Fantastic how she arranges the photographies to simulate dancing movements to songs and music. But the views on country, people and revolution are a bit naïve - like those of other European intellectuals during the 1960s.
Playful and engaging film assembled entirely from stills. Quick, choppy edits made it hard, in places, to focus on both subtitles and visuals, though that's my own fault for neglecting my French, and was only a problem because both were great. Viva!
Seeing Chris Marker credited instantly reminds me of his brilliant photomontage "La Jetee" and proves the power of the still image to convey a moving and gripping story. So fun and poetic - this is a proper gem of Varda's and makes me want to explore her work - something I've neglected up until now. Very excited by this, and one reason I love MUBI!