Rarely has documentary film provided via stills only such a remarkable exposition of the history of a people, their politics, joy, alertness, art. Varda does wonders in this rhtythmic short, steeped in music (not the slightest risk of a folklore 'reading'), ethnic and cultural mix. Ironies are always contained and the ultimate flavor is of an empathetic, yet controlled admiration by a distant observer.
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.