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Improper Conduct (1984)

Mauvaise conduite (original title)
An examination of Cuba's "moral purges" that began in 1964 with UMAP camps for those suspected of or found guilty of "improper conduct." Key moments brought outside attention to these ... See full summary »
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Lorenzo Monreal Lorenzo Monreal ... Self
Jorge Lago Jorge Lago ... Self
Julio Medina ... Self
César Bermudez César Bermudez ... Self
José Mario José Mario ... Self
Rafael De Palet Rafael De Palet ... Self
Jorge Ronet Jorge Ronet ... Self
Héctor Aldao Héctor Aldao ... Self
Jaime Bellachasse Jaime Bellachasse ... Self
Mireya Robles Mireya Robles
Luís Lazo Luís Lazo ... Self
Caracol Caracol
Reynaldo Arenas Reynaldo Arenas ... Self
Abreu Abreu Abreu Abreu
Gilberto Rujiz Gilberto Rujiz ... Self
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An examination of Cuba's "moral purges" that began in 1964 with UMAP camps for those suspected of or found guilty of "improper conduct." Key moments brought outside attention to these policies: the defection of ballet dancers in Paris in 1966, a 48-hour period in 1980 when more than 11,000 Cubans sought asylum in Havana's Peruvian embassy, and the brief detention of writer Virgilio Piñera. Interviews with exiles take up most of the film as they tell their stories and ponder the Castro government's arrest and detention of persons with effeminate mannerisms: what the state calls "extravagant behavior." In essence, the film exposes the Cuban state's homophobic, petit bourgeois nature. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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[last lines]
René Ariza: It's true, not much is known about it. But what seems to me most significant isn't really what happens, but why it happens. To be different, to be strange, to behave improperly, isn't just forbidden, it's totally repressed. It can land you in jail. It's part of the Cuban character and has been for ages. It's not peculiar to Castro. There are many Castros. We must restrain the Castro that's in all of us. It's an attitude we drag around with us. We've dragged around a whole series of ...
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Interesting, politically important, but flawed documentary
18 July 2010 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Strong, if heavy handed documentary about Castro's horrific mistreatment of gay Cubans.

Always interesting, but somehow not as powerful as it might be. Maybe because it's too sure of it's own POV. There's no pretense of balance or questioning of the claims made by victims. While I have no doubt of their honesty, it doesn't feel like the film is interested in doing more than proving it's point with talking heads recounting stories..

Also, its focus seems to drift at times, into more generic, general Castro bashing, which is less effective, and starts to undermine the power of the specific arguments being made here.


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21 March 1984 (France) See more »

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