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This week, President Obama’s lift of the 54-year-long American trade embargo against Cuba — which would ease restrictions on travel and financial activities, normalizing relations with the country — was announced. But different generations of Cubans are processing different feelings about the historic move. The economic crisis in Cuba that resulted from the embargo, and the country’s war-torn history, has been the subject of many films. Throughout the history of Cuban cinema, filmmakers have explored sociopolitical issues and the country’s shifting identity. Here are a few films to put on your radar before exploring Cuban cinema for the first time.
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Sex! Violence! Politics! (The Late Sixties)
In the 1960s, a number of factors converged to produce changes in what were acceptable subjects for filmmaking. In America, the studio system was in sharp decline, and the self-censorship rules known as the “Hays code” were abandoned. There were “new wave” movements in England and France as well as the U.S. Independent films made with smaller budgets and crews were finding larger audiences. These kinds of movies covered topics rejected by the more risk-averse studios. Continue reading
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Sidse Babett Knudsen, as PM Birgitte Nyborg
Ah, politics. The fakeness, lies and weasel-words. The facade of assumed importance. The grand parade of lifeless commodities. Continue reading
I didn’t see any of the past superhero movies based on Marvel Comics characters in theaters. It takes a lot to get me to go to movie theaters so I can listen to strangers eat like cows in order to view a screen larger than my TV. Continue reading
When I was a lonely, nerdy little boy in peril, I learned important survival tips and got cheap therapy from seeing movies about other young ones who were having a hard time. Continue reading
Two mutts at breakfast.
The Artist, this year’s most-nominated film, is simultaneously reverent and cheesy. Continue reading