Today at The Clinton: Tuesday, Dec 7

Clinton St. Theater presents SOY CUBA

Clinton St. Theater presents SOY CUBA


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Started only a week after the Cuban missile crisis and designed to be Cuba's answer to both Sergei Eisenstein's propaganda masterpiece, Potemkin and Jean-Luc Godard's freewheeling romance, Breathless, I Am Cuba turned out to be something quite unique — a wildly schizophrenic celebration of Communist kitsch, mixing Slavic solemnity with Latin sensuality. The plot, or rather plots, feverishly explore the seductive, decadent (and marvelously photogenic) world of Batista's Cuba — deliriously juxtaposing images of rich Americans and bikini-clad beauties sipping cocktails poolside with scenes of ramshackle slums filled with hungry children and gaunt old people.

Using wide-angle lenses that distort and magnify and filters that transform palm trees into giant white feathers, Urusevsky's acrobatic camera achieves wild gravity-defying angles as it glides effortlessly through long continuous shots. But I Am Cuba is not just a catalog of bravura technique — it also succeeds in exploring the innermost feelings of the characters and their often desperate situations.

Shown unsubtitled at the San Francisco International Film Festival, I Am Cuba received two standing ovations — during the screening. The first movie ever jointly presented by master filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, I Am Cuba is one of the great discoveries in cinema. It will change your view of cinema forever!


The recent 4K restoration by Milestone Film & Video is a revelation, nothing less than a singular, definitive cinematic experience.

Nathanael Hood, Unseen Films

A work of dazzling cinematographic invention that still has the ability to astound.

Anthony Holden, Film4

It is one of the most visually hypnotic films ever -- and that's not hyperbole.

G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

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Mikhail Kalatozov
Cuba, Soviet Union
141 minutes

A study in contrasts set in and around Havana that explores Cuba's 1959 revolution. A young woman's fascination with the excess of an American-owned casino leads to her downfall in the eyes of her street vendor boyfriend. A tenant farmer revolts the only way he knows how, attacking the land he works. University students gain first-hand knowledge of political upheaval. And, in the hills outside the city, the members of a poor peasant family are patriotically swept up into the burgeoning revolt.

Special Admission

$7-10 suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds.

$8 tickets available in advance (includes a $2 service fee).