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This 2006 German documentary follows in the tradition of the “city symphony” films of the 1920s, though in this case the city is about to collapse. Video makers Florian Borchmeyer and Matthias Hentschler survey the decaying buildings of Castro's Cuba, interviewing some of the inhabitants, and though the movie's best ideas are expressed verbally rather than visually, the movie makes a strong argument that the peeling paint and rotting woodwork have become a symbol of Havana's spiritual decline. 85 min.

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