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|Memories of Underdevelopment
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In a newly formed society driven by collective effort, the extended solipsism engaged by Sergio (Sergio Correri - I Am Cuba) allows him a paradoxical perspective. Like Dostoevsky's Underground Man, he is an acute observer of people, in a society he is himself utterly alienated from. Through Sergio, Memories of Underdevelopment chronicles a specific historical moment: situated between the Bay of Pigs invasions of April 1961 to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Sergio's family joins the mass exodus to Miami in the wake of the revolution. Choosing to remain behind, Sergio passes his time in frivolous womanizing despite being haunted by the notion of 'underdevelopment': the consciousness of a wealthy man in a nation beset by poverty.
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea became a shining star of Cuban cinema as a result of the commercial and critical success of Memories of Underdevelopment. Influenced by John Cassavetes and Alain Resnais, Alea fashioned a unique approach to film grammar which dissolved the lines between drama, documentary, essay and newsreel. Its legacy as a classic of world cinema is testified by its inclusion in Derek Malcolm's 100 greatest films of the 20th Century.
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Habana Blues tells the story of Ruy and Tito, two young Cubans who share a similar dream: tobecome music stars. Their families and the same circle of friends keep them grounded and motivated. But their lives will be transforme by an international offer to record an album and perform abroad, causing dilemmas and affecting relations with their loved ones. Against a backdrop where humor and universal sentiments intertwine, Habana Blues is a beautiful metaphor about dignity, friendship and love.
- Habana Blues tells the story of Ruy and Tito, two young Cubans who share a similar dream: tobecome music stars. Their families and the same circle of friends keep them grounded and motivated. But their lives will be transforme by an international offer to record an album and perform abroad, causing dilemmas and affecting relations with their loved ones. Against a backdrop where humor and universal
|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.
|Me Olvide De Vivir
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The life and times of Spanish superstar Julio Iglesias are dramatized in this semi-autobiographical outing that stars the great crooner himself.
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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 (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A man finds that friendship and understanding can span many boundaries -- age, politics, and gender preference among them -- in this comedy-drama from Cuba. David (Vladimir Cruz) is a student and ardent Communist whose personal life is in something of a slump; his girlfriend recently left him to marry another man after he took her to a hotel in hopes of seducing her, and she announced that she couldn't believe anyone could make love in such an ugly room. One day, David stops by the park and gets some ice cream, where he meets Diego (Jorge Perrugoria); as if his flamboyant manner wasn't announcement enough, David is convinced that Diego must be a homosexual because he's eating strawberry ice cream, even though it's one of the rare days when chocolate is available. David is less than impressed with Diego's open criticism of Castro's regime (especially the government's persecution of gays), but he accepts an invitation to visit Diego's apartment; while David realizes that Diego has seduction on his mind, this is outweighed by the knowledge that Diego's flat houses such forbidden pleasures as Time Magazine, American record albums, and Johnny Walker Red scotch. David's friend Miguel (Francisco Gatorno) is convinced that Diego is a dangerous dissident and urges David to spy on him and pass along his findings to the government. But the more time David spends with Diego, the more he finds that he's intrigued by this very different man, and that he enjoys spending time with him; David also finds he likes Nancy (Mirta Ibarra), Diego's sexy neighbor. Hel...Strawberry and Chocolate ( Fresa y chocolate )
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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
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|638 Ways to Kill Castro
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On the trail of Castro's would-be killers the filmmakers meet a series of extraordinary characters - 2 are also men accused of being terrorists still living free in America. Orlando Bosch accused by many of being the greatest terrorist in the hemisphere is found living peacefully in his Miami home surrounded by an adoring family. They also catch up with Antonio Veciana the Cuban American who got closest to killing Castro on 3 occasions who now runs a marine store in Miami. These men and others the film reveals were supported and funded by the United States. At one point staggeringly the CIA even sought the help of the Mafia in the hope that they would succeed.System Requirements:Running Time: 90 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/MISC. UPC: 787364778492
Made for Britain's Channel 4, Dollan Cannell's dynamic documentary may be non-fiction, but it often plays like pitch-black comedy. While screen history has produced King Kong, Godzilla, and other seemingly indestructible creatures, Fidel Castro's close calls and near misses put most such fictional characters to shame. As Cannell claims, "More people have tried to murder the world's most famous Socialist than any man alive." The director examines the reasons opponents have been gunning for Cuba's president for over four decades. Diplomats, activists, secret agents, and would-be assassins provide potential answers. The consensus is that Castro turned out to be more of an oppressor than the liberator he promised to become. Cannell then looks at some of the bizarre methods employed, from poison milkshakes to exploding cigars. Stylistically, he alternates between archival footage (including clips from crime films and television shows) and contemporary interviews. He further jazzes up the proceedings with a retro thriller soundtrack. This keeps things moving along, although more concrete information, like specific dates, would've been nice. That said, Fabian Escalante's companion book, Executive Action: 634 Ways To Kill Fidel Castro, helps to fill in some of those gaps. In the end, Cannell isn't making fun of Castro--or his country--but riffing on the parallels between the leader's real-life misadventures and the cinematic kind. The phrase "stranger than fiction" predates El Presidente, but when it comes to the Beard, all bets are off. Extras include interviews with Cannell and former President Jimmy Carter. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
|101 Rent Boys
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From the makers of The Eyes of Tammy Faye and Party Monster comes this lurid look at the seamy world of street hustlers. Paid 50 dollars for their time, 101 male prostitutes -- spanning all ages, ethnicities, and personal backgrounds -- are questioned by the filmmakers about their lives. Over the course of the film's 78 minutes, viewers are introduced to a sadist, an ex-gang member, a transsexual, and many others, all of whom hock their wares in and around Los Angeles. 101 Rent Boys premiered at the 2000 San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival before its televised run on Cinemax. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
|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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