This collection of five masterly films from Cuba includes Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's TWELVE CHAIRS, Julio García Espinosa's THE ADVENTURES OF JUAN QUIN QUIN, and three films by Humberto Solás: CECILIA, AMADA, and A SUCCESSFUL MAN.
Finally available in North America are five masterworks from revolutionary Cuba. Beautifully restored, and directed by three legendary filmmakers, they reveal a unique perspective of their country - one which Americans are unaccustomed to seeing. Each film is a worthy addition to the canon of great world cinema, and rare bonus films and materials further enhance our understanding of the rich historical and cultural heritage from which they emerged.
THE TWELVE CHAIRS by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
A comic story also filmed by Mel Brooks. On her deathbed, a rich woman reveals the hiding place of a fortune in jewels: inside one of twelve identical parlor chairs, newly confiscated by revolutionary authorities. The hunt for the twelve chairs is on! From the director of Death of a Bureaucrat and the Oscar nominated Strawberry & Chocolate. 90 minutes, b/w, 1962
THE ADVENTURES OF JUAN QUIN QUIN by Julio García Espinosa
A ‘crazy' comedy with a touch of sex, devastating satire and revolutionary élan! Juan Quin Quin, a poor but shrewd farmer, lives on his wits in pre-revolutionary Cuba - as a circus performer, a bull-fighter, a coffee planter, even playing the part of Christ with a traveling theatre company. Then he joins the Revolution... 104 minutes, b/w, 1967
CECILIA by Humberto Solás
Cuba, 1830. The son of a rich colonial family falls in love with a proud, beautiful but poor mulatto girl. But his father wants him to marry a woman from his own social class.. Nominated for the Golden Palm - Cannes Festival. 127 minutes, color, 1981
AMADA by Humberto Solás
In 1914 Havana, Amada, privileged but unhappily married, falls in love with her cousin, a young idealist. Will Amada follow her passion and escape her unfaithful husband' Featuring Cuban Screen Legend Eslinda Núñez. 105 minutes, color, 1982
A SUCCESSFUL MAN by Humberto Solás
Cuba's history before the Revolution is chronicled through the story of two brothers, one a revolutionary man of action, the other an unscrupulous politician trying to steer a treacherous middle path between opposing political ideas.. Winner - Grand Prize - Havana Film Festival. 103 minutes, color, 1986