Documentary films. Film adaptations. Short films. Motion pictures, Cuban.
Spanish soundtrack with English subtitles.
Now: A montage of images from U.S. broadcast news joined with the voice of Lena Horne, is used to create a hard-hitting critique of racism in the U.S. during the 1960s. The song "Now," was banned on many American radio stations. LBJ: Lyndon Baines Johnson is presented through a montage of film clips, photographs and a cartoon of Johnson. The film is divided into three sections which correspond to Johnson's initials, L is for Martin Luther King, B is for Bobby Kennedy and J is for John F. Kennedy. The filmmaker implicates Johnson in all three assassinations, portraying his presidency as the culmination of a history of socio-political corruption. Prayer for Marilyn Monroe: Shots of Marilyn Monroe alternate with graphic scenes of poverty, oppression and other politically charged images from the 1960s. The narration over these images is the text of the poem "Oracion por Marilyn Monroe," by Ernesto Cardenal. The filmmaker issues a call for intervention for those victimized by an unjust system. Thus, Marilyn, herself a victim, becomes a metaphor for those who suffer exploitation.
Now (1965, 6 min, b&w) LBJ (1968, 19 min, col.) Prayer for Marilyn Monroe (1984, 9 min., b&w).
Now: director, Santiago Alvarez. LBJ: director, Santiago Alvarez. Prayer for Marilyn Monroe: directors, Marisol Trujillo, Miriam Talavera, Pepin Rodriguez.
Videodisc release of 3 Cuban documentary films produced in 1965, 1968, and 1984. Copyright date from DVD label; copyright date on container sleeve is 2005.
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Hazel M. Hussong Fund.