Cuban Story

Cuban Story takes an astonishing look at the Cuban Revolution--from the inside. This documentary owes quite a bit to fate. Writer-producer Victor Pahlen and film star Errol Flynn owned a business in Cuba when the revolution broke out. Realizing they had an amazing opportunity on their hands, they stayed, hung out with the revolutionary troops, and filmed right through Castro's ascent. The film is fascinating as an insider's look at the revolution, but also as a record of the times in many unintended ways: the narration refers to Castro's "girl soldiers," and we get a rare glimpse of a clean-shaven Castro. The filmmakers were in Cuba to witness and film the cruelties of Batista's reign, and thus take a decidedly pro-Castro stance. Viewers should be warned that the film also adopts what will come off to today's audiences as an oddly pro-terrorism point of view--is a sabotaged airport a brave blow for freedom or a senseless waste of life? Pahlen and Flynn follow the revolution beyond the end of the fighting as Castro reopens the university and tries to right some of Batista's wrongs. American viewers are rarely able to see such a pro-Castro piece and may find it alternately infuriating and thought-provoking
  • Black & White
  • Rated: NR
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
  • Run Time: 60
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