Melissa Pierson
March 22, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Given recent events, this apologia for revolution set in impoverished, oppressed pre-Castro Cuba may benefit from its video timing. Russian director Mikhail Kalatozov and cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky have created a visual phantasmagoria in the form of four succinct, allegorical stories of prostitutes and peasants, students and the downtrodden. The black-and-white dynamism would be best appreciated on the big screen, but I Am Cuba is not one to pass up in any format. It is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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