Monday, March 4, 2013

I Am Cuba (1964): Two Scenes


From director Mikhail Kalatozov and cinematographer Sergey Urusevsky (the same team that made the Palme d'Or-winning The Cranes Are Flying and the adventurous and chilling Letter Never Sent), here are two scenes from I Am Cuba, featuring some of the most dynamic and astonishing visuals ever put to film. Some of those visuals were shot on location during the Cuban Missile Crisis. This scene, the opening of the film, required the camera to be equipped with a coating of submarine periscope cleaner. You'll see why as it unfolds.



Even more impressive is this funeral procession sequence. I won't even try to explain how it was accomplished...
 

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