Cuban revolution; freedom of expression; four amazing actors


I first read ‘Before Night Falls’ (Antes Que Anochezca, 1992)while studying for myunder-grad degree. Then I discovered the movie, andif Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and Olivier Martinez (plus a small partby thethen unknown Diego Luna) aren’tfour reasons-enough to watch the film then there’s alsothe amazing black and whiteactual footage of Castro triumphantlyentering Havana in 1969.An autobiography of the Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas,both paper and celluloid describe vividly hislife under the repressive socialist régime,his sexual experimentation, stints in and out of prison, the danger and importance in defending freedomof expression and thelife-threatening lengths people will go to in order to find liberty.