Cuba Movies

The Twelve Chairs (Las Doce Sillas) [DVD](1962) DVD
Before Mel Brooks made his hilarious comedy from the Ilf and Petrov novel, this Cuban adaptation of the same source material told the story of a man who, a decade after Castro's revolution, learns from his dying mother-in-law that a fortune in jewels is hidden in one of 12 identical chairs taken from her home by the revolutionaries. Hysterical comedy from Tomes Gutierrez Alea stars Enrique Santiesteban, Reynaldo Miravalles. 90 min. Soundtrack: Spanish; Subtitles: English; bonus short; biography; photo gallery. In Spanish with English subtitles.

The Adventures Of Juan Quin Quin (Las Aventuras De Juan Quin Quin) [DVD](1967) DVD
This frothy Cuban comedy chronicles the multifaceted exploits of the titular pre-Revolutionary hero (Julio Martinez), a sexton/circus performer/bullfighter/actor who becomes a guerrilla soldier. The resourceful farmer soon takes his experience playing Jesus in a traveling theater company straight to the Revolution! Erdwin Fernandez, Adelaida Raymat also star. 104 min. Soundtrack: Spanish; Subtitles: English; biography; bonus short "Por Primera Vez" (1967); photo gallery.In Spanish with English subtitles.

Set in 19th-century Cuba, this gripping drama focused on the rebellion of the country's African slave class follows a group of such "cimarrons" as they escape to the Eastern mountains seeking refuge. Inside their ranks, however, are those secretly working on behalf of the government whose job it is to provoke infighting and defeat the uprising. Samuel Claxton, Miguel Gutierrez star.

Elpidio Valdes [DVD](1979) DVD
"Down with capitalism!" This feature-length animated adventure of director Juan Padron's celebrated Cuban character depicts the Robin Hood-esque Elpidio fighting a never-ending battle for the working class, the disenfranchised, and the revolutionary way.80 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Spanish; Subtitles: English;theatrical trailers.In Spanish with English subtitles.

This heated drama set in 19th-century Cuba centers on the son of a wealthy colonial, whose love for a light-skinned prostitute threatens the family's honor. Eventually, he is forced to choose between loyalty to his father and following his heart's desires. Daisy Granados, Imanol Arias star.

Amada [DVD](1983) DVD
The turmoil of World War I engulfs Amada (Libertad Lamarque), a young Cuban woman who falls in love with her cousin, a crusading journalist. Though already married, Amada is tempted to follow the impulses of her heart since her husband has already proven unable to maintain his fidelity to her. Ariel Keller, Diego Varzi also star. 105 min. Soundtrack: Spanish; Subtitles: English; bonus short; photo gallery. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Vampires In Havana [DVD](1985) DVD
This stylish animated farce from Cuba details Professor Von Dracula's invention of a potion that makes vampires invulnerable to sunlight. His plans to share the formula with the world are soon thwarted by rival sects of the vampire mafia that seek the potion for their own goals. Can the professor succeed in his quest to improve the lives of bloodsuckers everywhere? 80 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Spanish Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English. In Spanish with English subtitles.

A Successful Man (Un Hombre De Exito) [DVD](1985) DVD
The political storms in Cuba from 1932 to 1959 threaten the life of a leftist sympathizer (Jorge Trinchet) whose brother (Cesar Evora) tries to remain prosperous by playing both sides of the fence. The upheaval in Havana reveals the stark differences between the siblings, as one remains true to his idealism despite the perils, and one comes to value survival at any cost. Raquel Revuelta, Daisy Granados also star. 103 min. Soundtrack: Spanish; Subtitles: English; biography; bonus short "Nostalgia Cha Cha Cha: The History of the Cha Cha Cha in '50s Cuba" (1991); photo gallery. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Clandestinos [DVD](1987) DVD
As Cuban president Batista's secret service strikes fear into the hearts of his countrymen during the 1950s, a select few young activists secretly dream of a coming revolution. This taut political thriller, based on true stories from the era, chronicles the romance between two such idealists who harbor dangerous ideas about their country's future. Luis Alberto Garcia, Isabel Santos. AKA: "Living Dangerously." 89 min. Soundtrack: Spanish; Subtitles: English. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Hello, Hemingway [DVD](1990) DVD
A girl living in 1950s Havana nurtures her aspirations of traveling to the United States to study, even though her family's impoverished status presents her with what could be insurmountable obstacles. She takes comfort and inspiration from author Ernest Hemingway's novel "The Old Man and the Sea," as well as from the view she has of the writer's mansion nearby. Affecting Cuban drama stars Laura de la Uz, Raul Paz. 84 min.Soundtrack: Spanish; Subtitles: English; bonus shorts. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Alice In Wondertown (Alicia En El Pueblo De Maravillas)(1991) DVD
When Cuban theater instructor Alicia (Thais Valdes) travels to a small town on a cultural mission, she enters a strange environment where anything seems possible. Soon, she discovers that this surreal world is populated exclusively by people whose transgressions have trapped them inside the town in a weird state of purgatory. Inspired by Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"; Vanessa Carballido, Carlos Cruz also star. 93 min. Soundtrack: Spanish; Subtitles: English; bonus short "Paul Kopinsky." In Spanish with English subtitles.

A Paradise Under The Stars [DVD](1999) DVD
Lively Cuban comedy about a young woman named Sissy who wants to dance at a Havana nightclub like her mother, but because of a rivalry with the club's choreographer, her truck driver father forbids it. When the father accidentally runs over a young man, he brings him home to nurse him back to health. But this "stranger" has a secret that becomes even more dangerous when Sissy falls for him. Thais Valdes and Vladimir Cruz star. 87 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Spanish Dolby Digital stereo;Subtitles: English; theatrical trailer.In Spanish with English subtitles.

Entre Ciclones (Hurricanes) [DVD](2003) DVD
In the middle of Havana's hurricane season, a handsome Cuban student tries to brave the harsh weather and find a new roof for his home while struggling to keep his dreams of becoming an electrician alive. Doing whatever it takes to survive, he is forced to deal with problems caused by friends, family, and women seeking to seduce him. Winning comedy stars Mijail Mulkay, Renny Arozarena, Mario Balmaseda. 120 min. Soundtrack: Spanish; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailers. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Viva Cuba [DVD](2005) DVD
Two Cuban children--Malu, a young girl with a devout Catholic mother, and Jorgito, the son of dedicated communists--become best friends over their families' objections. When her mother announces plans to leave the country, Malu convinces Jorgito to join her on a quest to find her estranged father, so that he can help her stay. Moving seriocomedy stars Malu Tarrau Broche, Jorge Milo. 80 min. Soundtrack: Spanish; Subtitles: English. In Spanish with English subtitles.