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A young woman marries an older millionaire and then falls in love with a handsome nobleman on her honeymoon.


Studio New Yorker Films
SKU 205115698
UPC 784148010649
UPC 14 00784148010649
Format DVD
Release Date 8/7/2009
Name Kalatozov,Mikhail
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Cast & Crew
Carlos Farinas - Original Music By
Enrique Pineda Barnet - Writer
Jose Gallardo - Actor
Mikheil Kalatozishvili - Director
Nina Glagoleva - Editor
Raul Garcia - Actor
Salvador Wood - Actor
Sergei Urusevsky - Cinematographer
Sergio Corrieri - Actor
Yevgeni Svidetelev - Production Designer
Yevgeni Yevtushenko - Writer
Nominee (1996) Independent Spirit, Mikheil Kalatozishvili, Best Foreign Film
ReviewSource Raging Bull
Review If there's a director that delivers more impossibly brilliant shots than Mikheil Kalatozishvili please let me know who they are so I can gaze in awe at the beauty of their compositions...The main characteristic of Kalatozishvili's shots is that they constantly move. He loves the tracking shot, and as much as I love and respect the work of Stanley Kubrick, Kalatozishvili is the one that should come to mind when speaking of it...Most of the film is incredibly fluid, which is still hard to believe given Kalatozishvili's constant array of extreme high and low angles...I Am Cuba is the most extraordinary visual film I've ever seen, but I don't know if that makes it a successful film. It was a Cuban-Soviet co-production made during the height of the cold war after the revolution it depicts as being in progress had been won. It is clearly a propaganda film, but it's hard to say quite whom it is for or what it's supposed to accomplish. It looks like a film that was made to get people to join Castro in the revolution, but I guess the point is to convince people how necessary the revolution was.
Reviewer Mike Lorefice
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "I Am Cuba" is an anti-American propaganda film, made as a Cuban-Soviet co-production, that has been snatched from oblivion, restored, and released in the United States as a presentation of Martin Scorsese and Francis Coppola. Since the film's prediction of a brave new world under Fidel Castro has not resulted in a utopia for Cubans, who suffer under one of the world's most dismal bureaucracies, the film today seems naive and dated - but fascinating...Kalatozov's fancy shots are not limited to the opening extravaganza. There is a sequence later in the film that begins with the streets filling with demonstrators and then seemingly floats, in an unbroken take, into a high-rise cigar factory. His technique seems somewhat at odds with his purpose (you won't find shots like these in Italian neo-realism), but then the movie itself alternates between lyricism and propaganda...The movie, now in limited distribution before a video release, is of course dated in its politics. Even its depravities and imperialist Yankee misbehavior seem quaint. But as an example of lyrical black and white filmmaking, it is still stunning. If you see it, try to figure out how the camera floated down that wall.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
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Actor Kalatozov,Mikhail
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
David Denby, New York Magazine A Sensuously Beautiful Movie. A hymnito theiliberation of appetiteÉIRRESISTIBLE!
Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle One of the most stylistically vigorous films of all time.
G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle of the most visually hypnotic films ever...
Jamie Russell, BBC Online ...a vibrant, joyous piece of technical accomplishment that's probably one of the most relentlessly innovative films you'll ever see.
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle Audacious, thrilling, erotic...a lost masterpiece of filmmaking finally seeing the light of day...
Stephen Holden, The New York Times Spectacular! Visually stunning.
TV Guide ...immensely entertaining...a delirious combination of Slavic solemnity, Latin exoticism, Communist idealism and breathtakingly beautiful images.

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