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|Strawberry & Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate)
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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Diego, a cultivated, apolitical, sceptical young artist living in Havana initiates a friendship with fiercely communist homophobe David with the intention of seducing him. David, knowing this, allows the relationship to build so he can spy on a person he sees as aberrant and dangerous to the communist cause. Despite their conflicting sexualities and political ideologies the two slowly build a relationship out of their differences, proving that camaraderie and friendship can overcome the most divisive superficialities. An exploration into the seduction of the mind, Strawberry And Chocolate shows how politics can shape lives, opinions and relationships. Hugely controversial in Cuba even now, the film was the first to feature a gay man as the hero while openly criticising the Government and its widespread intolerance. It was this picture that started the dialogue that has only last year allowed Brokeback Mountain to be shown in Havana. Charming, nuanced, groundbreaking and thought provoking, Strawberry And Chocolate is a clear-cut declaration that even in spite of politics, love for your fellow man will always triumph if allowed to. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, Goya Awards, Oscar Academy Awards, Sundance Film Festival, ...Strawberry and Chocolate ( Fresa y chocolate ) ( Strawberry & Chocolate )
|50 Years Of The Cuban Revolution - (Mr Bongo Films) [4xDVD BOXSET]
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The Cuban revolution of 1959 and its aftermath ran parallel with a radical break from cinematic traditions. Across South America and the world, emerging film-makers entered the scene with bold new ideas and a passion for invention. The four films released in this box set offer startling glimpses of instances when these two trends crossed paths. As works of art and historical artifact, they present visions of the transition made by Cuba from a colonialist client-state to a post-colonial nation.
I Am Cuba
Initially commissioned as propaganda, I AM CUBA s technical tour-de-force has made it a cult film; earning admiration from film-makers Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) and Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull). A Soviet-Cuban production directed by Milhail Kalatozov and photographed by Sergei Urusevsky (The Cranes Are Flying, The Letter Never Sent) the film narrates in four segments the events leading to Castro's revolution. Its groundbreaking visual design is composed in elaborately conceived moving camera set-ups that remain without parallel in film history.
Memories of Underdevelopment
Tomas Gutierrez Alea became a shining star of Cuban cinema as a result of the commercial and critical success of Memories of Underdevelopment. Regarded by critic Derek Malcolm as one of the 100 greatest films of the 20th Century, it portrays a specific historical moment, situated between the Bay of Pigs invasions of April 1961 to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Through the perspective of Sergio (Sergio Correri - I Am Cuba), Alea depicts the erosion of personal identity in the wake of historical change.
Strawberry and Chocolate
Strawberry and Chocolate represented a cultural milestone in its release in 1993. It became the first Cuban film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Made in collaboration with Juan Carlos Tabio, Strawberry and Chocolate represented the culmination of the long career of Tomas Gutierrez Alea dedicated to challenging social conventions in Cuba; in this case exposing the hypocrisy of homophobia. This gentle comedy explores the unusual but tender friendship that develops between David (Vladimir Cruz), a heterosexual Communist Youth and Diego (Jorge Perugorria), a non-conformist homosexual aesthete.
Seeking what he describes as 'a coherent, lucid, and dignified appreciation of our national past', Humberto Solas created a new genre of historical melodramas in Cuban cinema. Narrated in three segments, each focused on a woman named Lucia; the film outlines the history of modern Cuba from the 1895 Spanish-American war to Gerardo Machado s dictatorship in the 1930s to post-revolutionary Cuba in the 1960s.
|Life is to Whistle
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Director Fernando Perez's poignant comedy focuses on the lives of three Cuban citizens, each with their own personal struggles. There's Julia, a middle-aged health care worker who's afflicted with a bizarre condition that causes her to faint at the mere mention of sex; Mariana, a talented young dancer torn between an oath of celibacy she took before God and her need for physical love; and Elpidio, an orphaned musician who must choose between love and his homeland when his girlfriend departs for the United States. With Coralia Veloz, Claudia Rojas, Luis Alberto Garcia. 106 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Spanish Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailer. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Where's Cuba? Fernando Perez's colorful tapestry of fantasy and street realism is a troubled love letter to Cuba. Fisherman and musician Luis Alberto Garcia is an abandoned child searching for his mother (aptly named Cuba) in an allegorical journey. He's just one of Perez's orphans, along with a social worker who faints every time she hears the word "sex" and a passionate ballet dancer who promises God her celibacy if she can get the role of Giselle and then falls for her new partner. The metaphorical tales have a tendency to become so abstract they almost dissolve, but the heady sex and throbbing music power it through to the imaginative and sweet climax with magic and color and earthy eroticism. If he never gets an answer to his question, his lush portrait at least sketches his mother country's identity crisis. --Sean Axmaker
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|Vampiros En La Habana
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This hilarious spoof of horror ang gangster movies is presented in an outrageously caricatured style. This film has English subtitles.
- En esta entretenida comedia-caricatura estilo gangster y horror conocemos al Profesor Von Dracula quien deja su lugar de origen, Transylvania, para vivir en Cuba. El profesor vampiro cientifico inveta una formula que le permite a los vampiros salir al sol. Cuando el Profesor Von Dracula anuncia que regalara su formula "Vampisol" para beneficio de todos los vampiros del mundo, los avidos vampiros d
|Strawberry & Chocolate (Fresa Y Chocolate) - (Mr Bongo Films) (1994) [DVD]
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'I knew he was a homosexual,' David (Vladimir Cruz) says of Diego (Jorge Perugorria), 'there was chocolate and he chose strawberry.' The incident occurs at a sidewalk café in Havana in 1979. David is a shy teenager, a member of the Communist Youth League. His handsome features catch the eye of Diego, a considerably older intellectual aesthete. He brings him to his house in an attempt to impress the culturally inclined David with his library and record collection. Assigned to investigate Diego by his fellow party members, David instead becomes immersed in a tender friendship; opening his mind to an alternative way of life in Communist Cuba.
Strawberry & Chocolate represented a cultural milestone in its release in 1993. One of the most popular films in Cuba it achieved unparalleled international acclaim, becoming the first Cuban film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film. Made in collaboration with Juan Carlos Tabio, Strawberry and Chocolate arrived near the end of Tomás Gutierrez Alea's career; a gentle comic work about friendship and coming-of-age which is also a staunch critique of homophobia.
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Magalis, Ignacio, Vivian, Miguelito and Santo: the leading characters of BARRIO CUBA are all human beings striving for a little happiness in La Habana. They live life to its fullest, propelling themselves over and over against an uncertain fate, searching for a way out. The harsh reality of the barrio contests them, but they never lose the hope of a better future, of regaining a lost love, or finding a new one, of improving themselves.
- Cast: Jorge Perugorria (Upcoming Steven Soderbergh Film, Guerrilla-The Che Guevara Story , and the Oscar Nominated, Strawberry & Chocolate ), Luisa Maria Jimenez ( I am Cuba ) & Mario Limonta (Ariel & Goya Award Winner, Miel Para Oshun ) Director: Humberto Solas (Cannes Film Festival Winner for Cecilia & Cuba s oficial Selection for the Academy Awards Un Hombre de xito ) Magalis, Ignacio, Vi
|Strawberry & Chocolate
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Robert Redford and Miramax Films proudly present STRAWBERRY & CHOCOLATE, the irresistible comedy treat that's received outstanding critical acclaim! Meet David -- a naive young college kid who's out on his own for the very first time. With the help of two extraordinary new friends, David soon learns everything there is to know about the things that aren't taught in school! Diego is the writer who teaches him about the passion of life ... and Nancy is the woman who teaches him about the passion of love! Nominated for the Academy Award(R) as Best Foreign Language Film in 1994, STRAWBERRY & CHOCOLATE is a deliciously fun-filled celebration of life at its entertaining best!
|FRESA Y CHOCOLATE
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En la Cuba actual, dos hombres -uno maduro intelectual y otro joven que defiende los ideales de la revolución-, se encuentran y enfrentan a lo largo de esta historia, sus convicciones, formación y hasta preferencias sexuales. Uno prefiere el helado de fresa, el otro de chocolate; a pesar de sus desavenencias ellos pueden convivir en paz, pero la sociedad en la cual viven entorpece a cada paso esta posibilidad.
|Fidel: The Untold Story
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Whether dismissed as a relic or revered as a savior, all agree that Fidel Castro, nearing 44 years as the leader of Cuba, is one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time. Rarely are Americans given a chance to see inside the world of this socialist leader. The new documentary film FIDEL by Estela Bravo offers a unique opportunity to view the man through exclusive interviews with Castro himself, historians, public figures and close friends, with rare footage from the Cuban State archives.
Alice Walker, Harry Belafonte, and Sydney Pollack discuss Fidel as a person, while former and current US government figures including Arthur Schlesinger, Ramsey Clark, Wayne Smith, Congressman Charles Rangel and a former CIA agent offer political and historical perspectives on Castro and the long-standing US embargo against Cuba. Family members and close friends, including Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, offer a window into the rarely seen personal life of Fidel.
Bravo's camera captures Fidel Castro swimming with bodyguards, visiting his childhood home and school, joking with Nelson Mandela, Ted Turner and Muhammad Ali, meeting Elian Gonzalez, and celebrating his birthday with members of the Buena Vista Social Club. Juxtaposing the personal anecdotal with history of the Cuban revolution and the fight to survive the post-Soviet period, FIDEL tells a previously untold story and presents a new view of this compelling figure.
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