Very interesting film! My first Varda (long overdue). It felt reminiscent of Marker yet a pre-curser to Marker as the composition of images reminded me of La Jetee. Yet the kind of observational-travelogue method seemed prophetic of Sans Soleil. All together very interesting look inside Cuban culture/history from the perspective of a tourist. Would've enjoyed a bit more detail even!
A synthesis of fascinating pictures of a liberated land, Agnes Varda's "Salut Les Cubains" is a heart-lifting testimony of the dreams and hopes of the people, both within and outside of Cuba, that were carried away from the force of the Cuban Revolution. The film brims with Cuban rythm and tempo as it tries to create a short portrait of big people living and dreaming just a few miles off the U.S. coast.
A great watch. The photos are a treat to watch in action, especially the parts synced to music. They give the visuals a rhythm and a humor of their own. Smooth, lovely pacing. Often you forget you're watching a slideshow of stills. It's refreshing to see attention to the *actual* Cuban soul and contemporary culture, and not tropical, exotic tropes most people think of. And there's Varda's characteristic feminism.