High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
I Am Cuba
An unabashed exercise in cinema stylistics, I Am Cuba is pro-Castro/anti-Batista rhetoric dressed up in the finest clothes. The film's four dramatic stories take place in the final days of the Batista regime; the first two illustrate the ills that led to the revolution, the third and fourth the call to arms which cut across social and economic lines.
We're losing our shit for CGI long takes when this movie exists?
Film #6 of Florin's Recommendations
“No, it’s not interesting senior.”
Camera enters the room, it moves around then exits through the window and goes floating over a crowded street. In another scene it moves around a room then moves out of the window, moves vertically to get to the bottom floor and then again moves around and finally follows a woman into the pool and goes under the water. How is that possible? I have no idea. The camera work is amazing, it moves in all possible ways and captures some bizarre images. A visually stunning movie and one that should be watched by anyone who seeks new experiences, one of the best cinematographies ever. Period.
But is that enough?…
Never before has a propaganda film charged to the top of the mantel, since Sergei Eisenstein helmed the great Battleship Potemkin, setting the bar for the medium. Mikhail Kalatozov, employed by the Russian government to make a propaganda film in Cuba in order to promote socialism on an international scale is then given carte blanche in doing so. The result becomes the masterpiece of world cinema that stands before you in Soy Cuba. A labor of aesthetic beauty, a mastering of skills, and a culmination of cinema identifying on a universal base of human struggle against the many injustices of corrupt political systems.
Even though this film did serve a specific political purpose in promoting Fidel Castro and the communist…
My reaction to this being propaganda is Bob Odenkirk saying "who cares?" in the W/ BOB & DAVID "Resolutions" sketch because literally every minute (make that second) something breathtaking is happening in this movie. This movie seems impossible, yet here it is, somehow it exists, and nothing else in the world is quite like it.
Not just a Bolshevik hallucination, but also a feverish ballet. Sure, it's propagandistic, but the outsized emotions are emphatically physical. The actors are dancing, acting out their drama in their movements, from the prostitute dancing in the club, to the revolutionary marching against any and all oppression. The camera, of course, is the prima ballerina.
Starts off as a kind of ethnographic document—energetic, gorgeously photographed, and inimitable (by virtue of its ancillary documentary qualities), and had it continued in this mode, I may have been completely on board. Then it shifts to a more traditional (if also clumsy) narrative mode, punctuated by moments of jaw-dropping abstraction ("Betty's" dance at the club; the farmer manically hacking at the sugarcane), which was rather disappointing given the glorious fervor of the previous scenes and the poor narrative qualities of the later ones, but not at all disastrous. But by the third story, the film drops precipitously into propaganda and loses me completely. Tempted to just say "not a film" and be done with it, but that's not a…
I'm trying to find the words for this on rewatch but I'm still in a state of complete breathlessness. Even without subtitles, Soy Cubas visuals and camerawork are so outstandingly good and are able to convey so much narrative and raw power that is just some of the most breathtaking visual works I've ever seen. Maybe on a third watch I'll be able to write more beyond raving about the jaw dropping technicality of the film, but this is slowly becoming a new favourite of mine.
It's amazing how a film as eccentric, modern, and daring as this isn't much more well-known today. Packed with more powerful scenes and images that I've come across in a single movie in a long time, I Am Cuba should be shown to every aspiring filmmaker as a dare to push the limits of the medium. In every aspect, this makes the vast majority of other films look timid and pathetic.
Overall Enjoyment 3/10
So that's where Emmanuel Lubezki went to school.
"In Cuba, anything goes if you've got enough dough."
Even when you know they're coming, there are some jaw-dropping long takes in this puppy. If Moscow and Havana wanted a more straightforward depiction of the Revolution, they shouldn't have sent a pair of poets. There are so many shots that leave you gasping, wondering how in the hell they pulled them off. The thing is, I don't really want to know. I'm just glad director Mikhail Kalatozov and cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky did so I can marvel at the sheer ingenuity.
Natürlich hat I Am Cuba einige Längen, die einzelnen metaphorischen Abschnitte fand ich aber durchaus interessant und aussagekräftig.
Highlight ist und bleibt aber die Cinematography. Dafür verdient der Film eigentlich 5 Sterne.
Truly breathtaking! See it and scratch your head as you try to figure out how half of the shots were even possible to achieve with 60's technology. Pure genius!
Ένα agitprop φιλμ, τίγκα στον αντι-αμερικανισμό και στα σοβιετικά κλισέ, όμως τόσο λυρικό και τόσο ποιητικά κινηματογραφημένο (η κάμερα πραγματικά χορεύει και το κοντράστ άσπρου-μαύρου στη φωτογραφία είναι εντυπωσιακό) που αξίζει τον τίτλο του κλασικού.
Great cinematography, but unfortunately the lack of a good script makes it more boring than it could/should have been.
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