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Cuban Cinema?

Posted by keith1942 on February 12, 2017

The proper place to obtain Cuban films.

The proper place to obtain Cuban films.

Normally when I check ouit a Film Festival I recommend a couple of films. But I received a shock when I looked at the Webpages for the Harrogate Film Festival.

‘Experience screening: Cuban Cinema’ is offering the Hollywood thriller Scarface (1983). This film has a fine performance by Al Pacino in the title role and bears the hall marks of the director Brian de Palma. It is in fact a remake of a Howard Hawks film from 1932. This bore some resemblance to the Al Capone era and had a psychotic Italian-American gangster as the protagonist. In the de Palma’s remake Tony is now a Cuban exile and is certainly more violent than the 1930s model: plus he has progressed to marketing and consuming drugs.

From memory the entire film is set in the USA. And it is debatable in what way people who fled the progressive revolution in Cuba to seek reactionary shelter in the USA can in any sense represent Cuba. If I had the time and money I would take up the case under the Bruitish Trade Description Act.

The screening seems to be organised in conjuction with Revolucìon de Cuba and is to be held in a ‘Latin inspired Rum Bar and Cantina’. I suspect that the ‘Revolucìon’ here bears at much resemblance to the actuality as the title does to Cuban film.

Rather sad as we have been starved of Cuban cinema for over a decade. Apart from Festivals the last time that I enjoyed a screening of a Cuban film was in the 1990s. Yet  it in its heyday it was one of the most dynamic, and inspiring cinemas around.

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