Varda brings an infectious energy to many still snap shots that dance, sing and take's us on a guided tour of a revolution Cuba that inhabitant military uniforms and Sunday dresses in busy cigar and rum smelling bars and working sugar cane fields. Is it propaganda or just ignorance of what was going on there? I don't think so. It's an innocent view of a french woman discovering the joys and life of another culture.
It is such a fun film to watch. Cuba is a wonderful place and its people are always noticeable because of its fun and kind attitude. In this film with photos, the music they play one gets to see how this country even though their people has passed through a lot have still happy no matter what.
The editing during the music sequences was indeed superb and really expressed a feeling of hope and joy. The lack of pretense towards a collaboration (a la Rouche) was refreshing - there was no suggestion that this was the Cubans speaking for themselves, it was obviously an outsider speaking to and about them in a rather informal way (not a sociological gaze). At times the repetition of images made it feel smaller.
Cuba is so heavily cultured and they share love with their own people. It's a beautiful thing to see as its shown through pictures and music. Everything was great the history, the story telling, the photographs. Those are really what made it magic. There is magic within the cuban culture, and learning about it added little more to my own magic. Although short, it was very informative, glad I chose this one!