The Viva Cuba film collection

Tony McKibbin wrote this brief review of the Viva Cuba dvd set for Uk’s The List.

Back in the 1960s there was mighty Cuban filmmaking wave. Filmmakers Tomás Guttiérez Alea and Humberto Solás became internationally significant filmmakers whilst reflecting the social values espoused by Castro’s government. While the masterpieces of each of these filmmakers are missing from this box set (Alea’s Memories of Underdevelopment; Solás’ Lucia) their works make up five of the seven films collected here. There is Death of a Bureaucrat and Twelve Chairs from Alea and Beloved, Cecilia and A Successful Man, later works from Solás. Also included are Che Guevara as You’ve Never Seen Him Before and The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin, the former putting together aspects of Che’s life, the latter a self-conscious revolutionary western. Solás’ tired film A Successful Man aside, these are all key examples of Cuban cinema at its most taxing and politically astute. Minimal extras.

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