Cuban Film Industry Essay

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Cuban Film Industry

Bennito Mussolini constructed Cinecitta in 1938, the most significant film studio in Europe. Stalin had hi own Private projection. Juan Peron and Mao Zedong shared the fascination, they both married actresses. Francisco Franco was said to have a fantasy of being a movie writer. The leader of the Cuban Revolution follows their footsteps. In 1979 he created, ?The International Film Festival of Havana? and also inaugurates a school for the Cuban youth to follow on their prestigious film makers rule of the screen.

The Cuban revolution had a great impact on future Cuban filmmakers and the Cuban film industry. Before the revolution, during Batista?s dictatorship, cinema only existed in the capital and major cities; only
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?When the short film opened, the reaction was overwhelming: one print and the negative were seized by the police. Its makers were practically put in the dock. The cultural magazine Lunes de Revolucion, which had sponsored the film was shut down. The panic that ensued in intellectual circle in Havana led Castro to convoke a huge meeting in which, he promised would inform himself of the facts of the case and make amends. Remember that the revolution had proclaimed itself to be ?humanist?, open to all ideas, free of dogmas.?

Within the revolution everything, against it , nothing.? One of the early directors speaks of how everything was nice. Films depicted nice people in nice houses. By the 1970?s the things shown were unreal and filmmakers searches the past to evade the present. Films were created that illustrated times of slavery (?The Last Supper?), colonialism and the Hundred Years Struggle. One director said, ?It?s easy to portray the past. The past is dead. It?s much harder to speak of the contradictions generated by the revolution.?

The cinema industry had limited means to entertain Cuba. Their films were not fictional and heroic like American films and they by no means had enough financial backing to create such films. Most of the Cuban films were reactions to the revolution. Portrait of Teresa, Strawberry and Chocolate, Cuba Va, etc. All

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