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CUBA AND THE CAMERAMAN
November 24, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: Jon Alpert has been making nonfiction films since 1980, including the unforgettable 2007 HBO project, Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, which was hosted by James Gandolfini, who conducted interviews with veteran soldiers who were lucky to be alive. For even longer than he’s been making movies, Alpert has been visiting Cuba, and his new film, Cuba and the Cameraman, distills his footage and interviews from 45 years’ worth of occasional trips to the long-out-of-reach island. It’s no puff piece: Alpert is keenly interested in how Communist support since the Fidel Castro-led revolution has dwindled, making it even harder on local citizens to make ends meet – much less, in some instances, to find and buy meat. And Alpert keeps returning not only to the same country, but to some of the same people, making Cuba and the Cameraman a sort of Caribbean version of that 14 Up documentary film series. Or of Boyhood.

 
 
 
 
 
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