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I Am Cuba back to product details

Perhaps Greatest Cinematography Ever
written by JMVerville December 6, 2004 - 8:49 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The story of this film is right out of yellow journalism (or should one say 'Red Journalism?') and it is, in short, not much more than a string of stories that portray Communist propaganda at its' best. But when we put this aside, and do not think about the laughable attempts at portraying Americans and the various melodramatic scenes, we can really find one tremendous aspect of this film...

The cinematography is absolutely breath-taking. From the first scene to the last scene I really have to say that I have not seen better cinematography yet. Sergei Urusevsky really knew what he was doing, and I am motivated to see his other films just because of how impressed I was with his work. I am sure not many of us these days are Communists who believe in the great values of Fidel Castro and are ready to go to the mountains of the Sierra Maestra and fight with him against the imperialist government backed by United Fruit Company, but hey, this really is an amazing film to look at. I could find myself going from scene to scene, and trying to figure out how a lot of it was shot, my mind lighting up like a Christmas tree, stimulated by the artwork of Sergei Urusevsky.

I really have to say, if you have any interest in cinematography (no matter how small) this would be the one film that I would recommend above all others. Rarely do I get that interested in the cinematography of a film, but this really is an amazing exception. The crew must be very happy and pleased with the work that they did with Sergei Urusevsky. The overall content of the film is mostly mediocre with some decent ideals and interesting stories thrown in, and really challenges the viewer (if they are not a Communist) to see the world through their eyes. But when push comes to shove... You could watch this film on mute and be struck by it.

Anyone interested in the art of cinematography and filming, this film could be your Bible, and Sergei Urusevsky could be your Messiah.


(Average 8.08)
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