Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Fri, Jul 19, 2019
7:30pm

Mikhail Kalatozov Double Feature!
THE CRANES ARE FLYING / I AM CUBA
New Restoration!

THE CRANES ARE FLYING
LETYAT ZHURAVLI
1957, Janus Films, 95 min, Soviet Union, Dir: Mikhail Kalatozov

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, THE CRANES ARE FLYING is a superbly crafted drama, bolstered by stunning cinematography and impassioned performances. Veronica and Boris are blissfully in love, until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. Boris is sent to the front lines … and then communication stops. Meanwhile, Veronica tries to ward off spiritual numbness while Boris’ draft-dodging cousin makes increasingly forceful overtures.


New 4K Restoration!

I AM CUBA
SOY CUBA
1964, Milestone Films, 141 min, Cuba/Soviet Union, Dir: Mikhail Kalatozov

Started only a week after the Cuban missile crisis, this film was designed to be Cuba’s answer to both Eisenstein’s POTEMKIN and Godard’s BREATHLESS. But I AM CUBA turned out to be something quite unique - a wildly schizophrenic celebration of Communist iconography, mixing Slavic solemnity with Latin sensuality. The plot, or rather plots, explore the seductive, decadent (and marvelously photogenic) world of Batista’s Cuba - deliriously juxtaposing images of wealthy American tourists with scenes of ramshackle slums. Cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky’s gravity-defying camera glides effortlessly through long, continuous shots, but beyond its bravura technical accomplishments, I AM CUBA succeeds in exploring the innermost feelings of the characters and their often desperate situations.


THE CRANES ARE FLYING in Russian with English subtitles. I AM CUBA in Spanish and English with English subtitles. | Screening format: DCP
Egyptian Theatre • Fri, Jul 19, 2019 • 7:30pm