In late 1958, Hollywood’s most famous swashbuckler, Errol Flynn, found himself in the middle of a real-life adventure more improbable than the plot of any film he ever made: the Cuban revolution. The episode was a fitting climax to mid-20th century Cuba’s obsession with American movies — a fixation that led Havana to boast of more movie theatres than New York City and Cubans to worship Gone with the Wind and Casablanca. Sixty years later, many of Havana’s iconic movie houses are still standing, and the Cuban love affair with Classical Hollywood still haunts the collective imagination.

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2018 Golden Door International Film Festival

Running Time: 50:25

Director: Gaspar González
Cinematographer: Richard Patterson
Editor: Jorge Rubiera
Historical Consultant: Megan Feeney
Archival Coordinator: Vicki Gold Levi
Post Sound: Joel C. Hernandez
Music: Mickey de Grand IV