Salut les Cubains
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.