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also known as Salute to Cuba | Cinévardaphoto

Salut les Cubains1963

  • 4.2
The final film in the CINEVARDAPHOTO triptych is the oldest, SALUT LES CUBAINS. In 1963, Varda thoughtfully gave order to 1,800 photos that she had recently taken on a trip to Cuba. In just 30 minutes, the photographer/filmmaker achieves a sprawling depiction of the country, its people, its music, its history, its revolutions and its energy. The narration veers towards Chris Marker-like poeticism (not to mention his brand of “objective history”); Michel Piccoli and Varda engage in jocular lyric interplay. Out of the three films, SALUT LES CUBAINS most explicates the title CINÉVARDAPHOTO as it’s a film made, almost entirely, from Varda’s photographs.

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She didn't get permission from the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC) to shoot a film. so Agnes Varda took 1800 photos, brought them back to France, and made a fabulous film anyway. Don't expect a comprehensive history in 27 minutes, but what we get is delightful and informative. And the music is super. Agnes Varda hasn't disappointed me yet!

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She didn't get permission from the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC) to shoot a film. so Agnes Varda took 1800 photos, brought them back to France, and made a fabulous film anyway. Don't expect a comprehensive history in 27 minutes, but what we get is delightful and informative. And the music is super. Agnes Varda hasn't disappointed me yet!

3 members like this review

A wonderful look at Cuba in the early stages of the revolution, and a revolution in the use of stills to tell a cinematic story.

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A very simplistic, condescending portray of a more complicated country. White girls with black dolls and black girls with white dolls? Please! Worse than anything was the push the film made for the Cuban revolution, presenting it as a hopeful change for the society. Even agnes varda, now acknowledged she was mistaken by the "myth" of the Cuban revolution. Yes the photos are good but the final product it is not.

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Absolute beautiful photographs .

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Enjoyed the music and the photos of Cuba. Liked the way the photos were placed to the beat of the music. The narrators voices were engaging.