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79 Springtimes

Documentary Film
Cuba
1969
25 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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ICAIC
Santiago Álvarez
Idalberto Gálvez
Iván Nápoles
Norma Torrado
Santiago Álvarez
Carlos Fernández, Raúl Pérez Ureta
Agit pop art condensed and charged to the maximum. Frenetic ingenuity full of a genuinely materialist sensuality and a visually powerful forward thrust. In terms of content: a cinematic brotherly kiss on the occasion of the death of Bác Hồ, also known as Hồ Chí Minh (1890–1969). Also: formulating the certainty that the fight will go on, must go on.

Ralph Eue
Re-Visionen 2018
Hanoi, Tuesday 13th Santiago Álvarez

The montage of a day in the North Vietnamese capital, including the inferno of an air raid.

Hanoi, Tuesday 13th

Documentary Film
Cuba
1967
38 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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ICAIC
Santiago Álvarez
Leo Brouwer
Iván Nápoles
Norma Torrado, Idalberto Gálvez
Jorge Pucheaux, Pepín Rodríguez, Adalberto Hernández
Santiago Álvarez, José Martí
Carlos Fernández
The montage of a day in the North Vietnamese capital, including the inferno of an air raid. Álvarez saw himself as an interventionist artist, as a contributor to building a new and hopefully better world which was to be defined on the basis of present conditions and then advanced. The reality of his films is that of his ideals, opinions and aspirations.

Ralph Eue
Re-Visionen 2018
Now Santiago Álvarez

Give me two photos, an editing table and a piece of music, Santiago Álvarez (1919–1998) is said to have claimed as his filmmaking motto.

Now

Documentary Film
Cuba
1965
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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ICAIC
Santiago Álvarez
Pepín Rodríguez, Adalberto Hernández
Norma Torrado, Idalberto Gálvez
Adalberto Jiménez
Give me two photos, an editing table and a piece of music, Santiago Álvarez (1919–1998) is said to have claimed as his filmmaking motto. He was speaking literally, even though in the end it was never just a couple of photos. In this case: pages torn from “Time Magazine”, especially pictures of police brutality in the US, plus Lena Horne’s jazz version of the Hebrew folksong “Hava Nagila.”

Ralph Eue
Re-Visionen 2018
The Tiger Leaps and Kills but It Will Die … It Will Die Santiago Álvarez

A story in four songs and a monument to the victims of Chilean fascism.

The Tiger Leaps and Kills but It Will Die … It Will Die

Documentary Film
Cuba
1973
16 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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ICAIC
Santiago Álvarez
Noticiero ICAIC Latinoamericano
Gloria Argüelles
Adalberto Hernández, Santiago Peñate
Santiago Álvarez
Juan Demósthene
A story in four songs and a monument to the victims of Chilean fascism. Even before the opening credits we hear Violeta Parra’s accusing song “¿Que dirá el Santo Padre?” to images of the august understanding between the church and the dictator. Accompanying and following the credits: three sequences featuring the murdered singer Víctor Jara (1932–1973) – recording in a studio, as a people’s tribune and as an iconic martyr.

Ralph Eue