Film Club: I am Cuba

Film Club: I am Cuba

March 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Alamo Draft House
120 W Loop 289
TX 79416
(806) 368-8887
Film Club: I am Cuba @ Alamo Draft House

Started only a week after the Cuban missile crisis and designed to be Cuba’s answer to both Sergei Eisenstein’s propaganda masterpiece, POTEMKIN and Jean-Luc Godard’s freewheeling romance, BREATHLESS, I AM CUBA turned out to be something quite unique — a wildly schizophrenic celebration of Communist kitsch, mixing Slavic solemnity with Latin sensuality.

The plot, or rather plots, feverishly explore the seductive, decadent (and marvelously photogenic) world of Batista’s Cuba — deliriously juxtaposing images of rich Americans and bikini-clad beauties sipping cocktails poolside with scenes of ramshackle slums filled with hungry children and gaunt old people. Using wide-angle lenses that distort and magnify and filters that transform palm trees into giant white feathers, Urusevsky’s acrobatic camera achieves wild gravity-defying angles as it glides effortlessly through long continuous shots. But I AM CUBA is not just a catalog of bravura technique — it also succeeds in exploring the innermost feelings of the characters and their often desperate situations. Shown unsubtitled at the San Francisco International Film Festival, I AM CUBA received two standing ovations — during the screening.

The first movie ever jointly presented by master filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, I AM CUBA is one of the great discoveries in cinema. It will change your view of cinema forever!