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Havana in the 1950's. Larita loves Elvis Presley, Ernest Hemingway and her rebellious friend Victor. However, Victor is more interested in the turbulent political situation in Cuba than Larita's likes and dreams. Hoping to study in the United States, Larita quickly discovers that her origins and poverty work against her. In spite of the obstacles, she is inspired by her own rich fantasy world, and Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea becomes her own story of striving for a better future.
|We Are the Music!
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From the streets of Havana to the back stairsand dressing rooms of a concert hall, into churches and smokey clubs, over the rooftops to a beach at sunsetas a lone couple dance (New York Times), this extraordinary and unique film treats us to a rare panorama of Cuban music and dance from the 1960's. Featuring legendary Cuban musicians as well as vibrant spontaneious performances, We Are the Music captures the mood and vitality of Cuba during its golden period.
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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
|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
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In her most comprehensive documentary to date, lesbian filmmaking icon Barbara Hammer offers radical sexual politics in a surprise package of humor as she re-traces lesbian history to create an irreverent, compelling and empowering film. Hammer presents an extraordinary array of archival footage -- from popular films to newsreels, sex ed films, stag reels, medical and educational films, antique erotica -- and then playfully manipulates it to openly place lesbians everywhere throughout history.
History Lessons explores lesbian images from the beginning of film until 1969 (The Stonewall uprising). Focusing on these pre-liberation images, the film exposes not only popular lesbian representations and mis-representations in popular culture and entertainment but also the negative images used in the medical, scientific and legal establishments.
In her familiar experimental style, replete with ironic humor, Hammer recontexualizes lesbian images that portrayed lesbian behavior as "illicit" and lesbians as mannish, neurotic, and cold outsiders. She juxtaposes and morphs dramatic vignettes, commercials, and archival footage from narrative, medical, educational and adult entertainment films.
Lesbians turn up in the most unexpected places (and a few expected ones) in History Lessons--as much a collage as it is a movie. Barbara Hammer takes newsreels, stills, health films, and even pornography and whirls them into a cheeky lesbians-are-everywhere cultural soufflé. The piece is not entirely successful; at times it gets tedious and a bit heavy-handed, and one needs to have a high tolerance for the dripping-things-onto-film-stock technique. Still, the spirit is one of subversive fun as Hammer intercuts straight-laced news reports from the '40s with lurid pulp novel covers to suggest that there might be more to these ladies than meets the eye. This film isn't for everyone, but for young women who are interested in a good laugh while they reclaim a bit of their cultural identity, History Lessons may be just the thing. --Ali Davis
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|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
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In a career that spanned over 60 years the photographer known as Alberto Korda was the photojournalist of the Chicano Revolution. His iconic photograph of Che Guevara is the single most recognizable image in the world today. Kordavision retraces the locations and circumstances that made Korda s camera the world s eye at the brink of annihilation. It s a life-affirming gaze at history through the eyes of a man who lived it.System Requirements:Running Time: 87 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/BIOGRAPHY UPC: 858423001247 Manufacturer No: DV00124
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Considered one of Cuba's most controversial films ever, this award-winning classic from Humberto Solás takes place in 1830s Cuba. The son of a rich colonial family falls in love with a proud, beautiful but poor mulatto girl, but the young man's father wants to force him into marrying a woman from his own social standing.
Nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes (1982), Cecilia is part of The Cuban Masterworks Collection. Beautifully restored, the five films in the Collection reveal a unique perspective of Cuba. Directed by legendary filmmakers, each is a worthy addition to the canon of great world cinema.
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