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|The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin (Las Aventuras De Juan Quinquin)
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Juan Quin Quin, a poor but shrewd farmer, lives on his wits in pre-revolutionary
Cuba as a circus performer, a bull-fighter, a coffee planter, even playing the part of Christ with a traveling theatre company. Then he joins the Revolution...
This ground-breaking comedy, one of the most popular films in the history of Cuban cinema, is part of the Cuban Masterworks Collection. Directed by legendary filmmakers, the five beautifully restored films in the Collection reveal a unique perspective of Cuba, and are a worthy addition to the canon of great world cinema.
|Life is to Whistle
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A love letter from the Cuban director to his own country, this film is seen through the eyes of 18 year-old Bebe, who guides the viewer through the romantic mishaps of three characters whose lives intersect on the Day of Santa Barbara at the end of the century.
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
|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.
|A Successful Man (Un Hombre De Exito)
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Cuba's history before the Revolution is chronicled through the story of two brothers,one a revolutionary man of action, the other an unscrupulous politician trying to steera treacherous middle path between opposite political ideas. From the acclaimed director of LUCIA (Humbertos Solas),one of the most influential Cuban films of all time. Bonus materials: *Short films: "Nostalgia Cha Cha Cha:The History of Cha Cha Cha in 50's Cuba" Photo Gallery*Director Biography and Filmmography* 103 minutes Color 1986.Spanish w/English subtitles.
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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
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At a rundown bus station in rural Cuba, the line of passengers waiting just keeps getting longer. The problem is that every bus that passes by is already full. Their only hope is to wait for the station's bus to be fixed. As the disparate group settles in, relationships start forming between the passengers: Emilio (Vladimir Cruz), a young engineer, becomes smitten with a beautiful young woman (Thaimi Alvarino) who is en route to meet her Spanish fiancé, a blind man (Jorge Perugorria) gets support from the others to go to the head of the line. Frustration and disorder reign when the one bus brakes down and no one can leave. Resigned to working together, the group magically transforms the station into a beautiful place where no one wants to leave. Award-winning director Juan Carlos Tabío (Strawberry and Chocolate) successfully blends magical realism and social commentary in this crowd-pleasing romantic comedy. DVD: 5.1, Interview/Making Of, subtitle control, trailer, weblinks
- At a rundown bus station in rural Cuba, the line of passengers waiting just keeps getting longer. The problem is that every bus that passes by is already full. Their only hope is to wait for the station s bus to be fixed. As the disparate group settles in, relationships start forming between the passengers: Emilio (Vladimir Cruz), a young engineer, becomes smitten with a beautiful young woman (Tha
|Nada+ (Nada Mas)
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Nothing More (Nada +) – Amazon.com Exclusive
Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti's Nothing More is a remarkable debut feature that explores the repressive, crippling political and social aspects of today's Cuba while turning upside down all our comfortably cliched expectations about the U.S.'s island neighbor.
Carla is a young postal worker who dreams of joining her parents in Miami even as she enlivens her own drab existence by opening and rewriting the very letters she is responsible for processing. Intermittently bursting into song and cleverly mimicking various cinematic styles, the film is hilarious as well as heartbreaking.
"Cuba's Answer to Amelie!" -Miami Herald
"Charming, imaginative!" –Telerama
Nothing More is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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Bottle-blonde Cuban pixie Carla (Thais Valdés) has worked at the post office for five years. It isn't a friendly place and she's lonely (her family lives in the US). When she accidentally damages a piece of mail, she recreates the missive in her own words. It's a love letter from a student to a professor and Carla helps bring them together. Then she opens and rewrites other letters, so that their meanings become more clear (sure, it's illegal, but it gives her life purpose). Along the way, she finds love with Christian Bale-lookalike César (Nacho Lugo). Set in Havana, the award-winning Nada+, or Nada Mas ("nothing more"), is shot in eye-catching black and white with dabs of luminous color and touches of stop-motion animation. Though the secondary cast overacts wildly at times, writer/director Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti's feature debut reveals a keen eye and a vivid imagination. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
|En la Puta Vida (Tricky Life)
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TRICKY LIFE - DVD Movie
|Vampires in Havana
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This critically acclaimed, hilarious spoof of horror and gangster movies, presented in an outrageously caricatured, bawdy style features professor Von Dracula who travels from Transylvania to Cuba where he invents Vampisol, a portion allowing vampires to
The third feature by Cuban director Juan Padrón, Vampires in Havana (1985) is a silly, raunchy spoof of horror and gangster films. Wolfgang Amadeus von Dracula, the nephew of the famous count, invents a formula that allows vampires to endure sunlight--which he tests on his nephew Joseph "Pepe" Emmanuel. It works so well that Pepe is completely unaware of his true nature; he plays jazz trumpet in a nightclub and joins a cell plotting to overthrow a repressive general. Pepe soon finds himself dodging the general's inept henchmen and rival vampire syndicates who want the valuable formula. Drawn in a simple, cartoony style that suggests a cross between the work of Zagrebfilm and the Mad Magazine cartoons of Sergio Aragones, Vampires in Havana offers American audiences a rare glimpse of the work of one of Cuba's leading animators. Unrated; suitable for ages 16 and up: Nudity, sexual humor, profanity, violence, ethnic stereotypes. --Charles Solomon
- This hilarious spoof of horror and gangster movies, presented in an outrageously caricatured, bawdy style reminiscent of Fritz The Cat features Professor Von Dracula, a vampire scientist who leaves Transylvania for Cuba, where he invents "Vampisol," a potion that allows vampires to survive in sunlight. When the Professor announces his intention to donate the "Vampisol" formula free of charge to va
|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
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