#420: I Am Cuba

s8xqgdpudbkfigfhfdu0edw9bkq#420 – I Am Cuba, (Soy Cuba), 1964, Mikhail Kalatozov

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.

#846: Memories of Underdevelopment

2zggfgmetmohxkt2ypiudtpxoa6#846 – Memories of Underdevelopment, (Memorias del subdesarrollo), 1968, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea

In the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs incident, Sergio chooses to stay behind in Cuba while his wife and family escape to neighboring Miami. Alone in a brave new world, Sergio observes the constant threat of foreign invasion while chasing young women all over Havana. He finally meets Elena, a young virgin girl he seeks to mould into the image of his ex-wife, but at what cost to himself?