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.
I knew I had made the right choice within the first few minutes I clicked play. Amazingly executed, 1800 photos that expose the faces of Cuban people and their many stories. I was impressed of the aesthetic quality, as much as I was impressed by the congruent narration. I traveled to Cuba about a year ago, and I can say this film does its raw justice. It's not a romanticized socialist heaven for westerners. It's Cuba
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!
This is what happens when people get inspired by what they see happening around them: there is no way they will be stopped from transferring the joy they observe, in whichever way, with whatever means. All it takes is a keen eye and a healthy interest. The rest is ... Salut Les Cubains.
This documentary topples every empirical perspective of Cuba during this historical moment and fuses with its rhythmical editing technique, a more accurate reading of the revolution and the melting pot we call Cuba. Viva Varda!!
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.
This is the second film I've seen by Varda; the first being Mur Murs. I absolutely loved it. Her photographs were amazing as was the music. This film was informative and entertaining. It made me want to know more about Cuban culture.