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"I Am Cuba" documentary
bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2006-01-13 08:59 am   Permalink

Tomorrow, Saturday 2:00 pm (West Coast) the Sundance Channel will screen an amazing 1 and 1/2 hour long documentary on the making of "I Am Cuba". To Cubans this film is apparently like "Citizen Kane" to US cineasts. To Tikiphiles, it contains the best Tiki bar scene ever put on film, using the decor of the defunkt Havana Hilton Trader Vic's.

No reference is made to that, but the lovely actress that goes bananas among the idols is interviewed.


 
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Humuhumu
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2006-01-13 4:06 pm   Permalink

THANK YOU! I must see this, I Am Cuba is one of my favorite films, and I've been frustrated with the amount of info out there about exactly how and why this fascinating film came to be. Now to figure out how to see it, we don't have the Sundance Channel... :/

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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2006-01-17 10:03 am   Permalink

..I have a vhs new copy going up on ebay this weekend ....

 
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virani
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
Posts: 1438
From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2006-01-17 10:21 am   Permalink

I got the DVD yesterday, thanks to all of you, and I was amazed by this film. Woaw.

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cynfulcynner
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Posted: 2006-03-20 4:27 pm   Permalink


"I am Cuba" and "I am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth" are currently available on Comcast on Demand. Wow!

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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2006-03-20 6:16 pm   Permalink

Gotta see both of those, kids! That beginning! The roof top bikini fashion show-to-swimming pool scene! The Trader Vic's scene! The camera move over the crowd into the cigar factory! A-m-a-z-i-n-g!
..Then, in the docu, when the 76 year old dolly grip of "I am Cuba" is holding the new VHS/DVD of it in his hands, after it being forgotten for over 30 years, that's how it felt when I gave some Polynesian Pop old timers my book.


 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2006-03-21 06:52 am   Permalink

It's On Demand here as well. I love the "bamboo curtain" in Trader Vic's. The gals at the bar seem more Steven Crane. Those lights hung at head level around the bar are very interesting. The first 15 minutes of that is just priceless.
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Trader Woody
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From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2006-03-21 1:49 pm   Permalink

A rare viewing in my home town (pop. 10,000)!

"Ribble Film Club -'I AM CUBA'
Date: 23rd Apr 06

Location: St Mary's Centre, (The Parish Hall) Church Street, Clitheroe

Time: 19:30 - 00:00

Start time 7.30pm. Cert PG

The Ribble Film Club meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at the New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe. Everyone is welcome to attend - meetings start at 7.30pm.
Cost: Members £3.50, non-members £4.50 and concessions for students and seniors"


Stunning viewing on a tv screen, so it should be pretty special seeing it on the big screen.
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Howland
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Joined: Jan 30, 2006
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From: Folly Beach, SC--'Follynesia'
Posted: 2006-03-23 08:45 am   Permalink

Both the Doc and the original film are available through netflix http://www.netflix.com/Search?ff2_submit.x=17&ff2_submit.y=12&v1=I+am+cuba&hnjr=1
(it's a pretty cool service, I'm a member).

BTW- Which one has the cool tiki bar scene, the documentary or the original film?
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2006-03-23 8:41 pm   Permalink

The original has the scene with the Trader Vic's decor...once you have seen it, you're gonna be hooked, and you will want to see the "Behind the scenes".

 
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MrBaliHai
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Posts: 809
Posted: 2006-04-30 07:14 am   Permalink

Here's a YouTube clip of the Copacabana scene that I posted on my weblog this morning. I wanna know who the swingin' band on the rooftop is! Marxism definitely never looked this hip before (or since).

I've also sent the poster of the clip a message, asking him to put up the Havana Vic's scene.
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aikiman44
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Joined: Nov 08, 2004
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From: NY
Posted: 2006-04-30 09:11 am   Permalink

I see the movie is available on Amazon. The doc. wouldn't be one of the special features of the DVD, would it?
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Howland
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Joined: Jan 30, 2006
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From: Folly Beach, SC--'Follynesia'
Posted: 2006-05-01 1:36 pm   Permalink

Saw it last night (movie-not doc)--WOW! That's about all I can say--I'm speechless. I'll try for a few more descriptive words: Beautiful, sad, hip, TRIPPY! Director Kalatazov is a visionary genius. Some of the camera angles made me feel drunk.

Hope I'm not 'hurting anybodys feelings' by posting a few (poor) screenshots of the bar scene--could be good for business--BUY IT! SEE IT! LOVE IT!





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MrBaliHai
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Posted: 2006-05-02 04:31 am   Permalink

My friend Lili from fwak! animation was nice enough to rip and post the nightclub scene to YouTube in its entirety last night, so I've updated my original post to include it.

Enjoy, comrades!

Update: Lili has added two more scenes shot at Vic's!

¡Viva la Mai Tai revolución!

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bb moondog
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Joined: Apr 18, 2006
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From: Gilbert AZ
Posted: 2006-05-02 06:43 am   Permalink

This was so inspiring; it has led me to my next tiki project. I am DEFINITELY carving that big sucker in the clips! He is the coolest thing ever.

 
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