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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
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A story of survival and triumph of the human spirit - between hurricanes. It is the middle of a hurricane season in Havana, Cuba. After a hurricane, the need to find a new roof tangles Tomas into troublesome love relationships that threaten his job, his
- A story of survival and triumph of the human spirit - between hurricanes. It is the middle of a hurricane season in Havana, Cuba. After a hurricane, the need to find a new roof tangles Tomas into troublesome love relationships that threaten his job, his future and his will to change his life. Tomas is a good looking electric student wants to do the right thing, but it seems everywhere he turns, th
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Captain Marcos Andrade, on a peace mission to a Central American Republic, falls wildly in love with the guerrilla leader, Norma. She travels to Madrid under the auspices of the UN for a security reform, but really to join Marcos. Marcos and Norma live together, but hide their relationship from Marta, the daughter of an influential general that supports his promotion to a NATO post. Marcos Rodríguez, capitán del ejército español destacado en un país centroamericano para restablecer la paz, conoce a Norma, una atractiva guerrillera que abandona las armas para volver a su casa. A pesar de que Marcos está comprometido con una joven española, mantiene durante meses una relación sentimental con Norma, hasta que es enviado a España.
|Candido Fabre: Make Poverty History
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One of Candido Fabre's greatest appearances outside Cuba, entertaining thousands of protestors at the opening of the G8 Make Poverty History summit in Edinburgh. See the master sonero doing what he does best--playing live--and enjoy an exclusive interview to find out what drives the Cuban maestro.
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English: Violeta is a Cuban prostitute who tells her tempestuous life story to a young male journalist. Her first lover was a revolutionary killed by government soldiers. She fled to New York, where she had an affair with a famous American actor. After he gets her pregnant and dumps her, she sells her story to the tabloids in revenge. The revenge escalates - he has his friends rape her, and she slashes his face, putting an end to his career. Back in Cuba, the older Violeta relies on foreign customers to make ends meet.
Spanish: Violeta, una bella prostituta cubana, decide relatarle su tormentosa vida a un joven reportero. Su primer amor, un joven revolucionario, fue asesinado por el gobierno y ella decide dejar la isla y escapar a Nueba York donde conoce a un famoso actor y se convierte en su amante. Cuando Violeta queda en estado su amante la abandona y empieza una guerra sin cuartada que termina destruyendo a los dos protagonistas. Violeta es una historia de amor y odio como ninguna!
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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.
|Bamboleo/Manolito y Su Trabuco: Knock Out
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|Cuban Pianists: The History of Latin Jazz
|Soneros de Verdad - Sounds of Cuba
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A full-length live performance blending traditional Spanish sound with Afro-Cuban rhythms.
- ISBN: 0-7697-7760-0
- Running Time: 60 minutes
- Sound: Dolby 2.0
- Performers: Pio Leiva, Guillermo Rubalcaba and Julio Fernandez
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