"Interpretations of Pre-and Post-Revolutionary Cuba"

The paper "Interpretations of Pre-and Post-Revolutionary Cuba" is a good example of a movie review on history. Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution narrates the story of fundamentally unknown Cuban revolutionaries Juan Antonio Echeverria and Frank Pais, a student of architecture and a teacher, whose names rarely appear in the list of other famous contemporaries like Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. By using stock footage that had been achieved along with exclusive interviews with people who took part and observed the Cuban revolution, American citizens who fought along with Castro and Guevara as well as a former CIA agent, it becomes evident that the two men were critical to the ultimate overthrowing of the Fulgencio Batista Zaldiva.

New research, as well as footage that has been acquired recently, have challenged the prevailing view that could have been created and propagated by Che Guevara implying that a 200 strong guerilla army allied to Castro single-handedly trounced over numerous soldiers loyal to Batista thereby liberating the people of Cuba. In reality, Echeverria and Pais’s insurgencies in Santiago and Havana were most critical to the generation of popular support for undermining the authority and creating resistance of Batista along with his secret police.

Echeverria and Pais rivaled Castro in popularity and power at the height of the revolution but the two men did not live long enough to see the success of the movement. Apparently, Pais’s associate gunned him down in the street while Echeverria met his death during a daring raid to the palace (Klouzal 213). The film points out the intricacies that are fundamental to revolutions while examining the influences on the final historical record. Subsequent to Castro assuming power in 1959, he tied together with the power of the emergent medium of televisions so that he could advance a narrative that successfully removed Echeverria and Pais, among others, from the history of Cuba.

  Cuba: A Lifetime of Passion is a documentary that points out present Cuba, its revolutions and past, as well as its future transition. Cuba is in a fledging revolution that rose to power prior to the birth of the most of the countries citizens and the film explores behind the scene political indicators of the revolution that have been seldom seen outside, along with an insider perception of Miami Cuba. Through a number of sequences and interviews that are shot in Washington, Miami and Cuba, aspects on the present and future situation in Cuba as well as its revolution become evident.

These can be seen through the account of Cuban citizens who have lived in the communist regime along with those who were exiled. Cuba is seen from a perspective that is arguably pro-Castro, through the view of oppositionists and the ones stranded in exile in Miami. The perspective of the US Department of State in Washington DC is also seen in the film. The politics of Cuba functions through the politics of opposition, in that Castro was opposed to the US as well as Cuban Miami. The film possesses various questions including, what will happen when the opposition that prevailed ended? 

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