VOLUME 1: FILMMAKING
The 1960 Newsreel 49 heralds the beginning of Cuba's revolutionary cinema. Images of the icons of the major Hollywood studios give way to Cuban faces and places; the soundtrack first blasts "Rock Around the Clock" and then narrates the decree establishing the Cuban film institute (ICAIC).
For the First Time
Octavio Cortazar's For the First Time documents the use of mobile cinemas to bring moving pictures to campesinos far from the movie houses of Havana. Viewers are permitted a glimpse of the excitement and wonder as Cubans in the countryside experience cinema for the first time.
Dolly Back probes the limits of filmmaking through the film-within-a-film trope. This lighthearted reflection on making movies is directed by Juan Carlos Tabío who also appears in the film, as does Cuban diva Mirta Ibarra.
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