For Whom Havana Dances

Country

Czechoslovakia, Cuba

Copyright

1962

Production year

1962

Premiere

19 April 1963

Runtime

80 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Komu tančí Havana

Czech title

Komu tančí Havana

English title

For Whom Havana Dances

Parallel title

Para quién baila La Habana

Synopsis

Edoardo is a Cuban who has just served a three-year sentence for illegal activity in the United States. He is now taking a plane back to Havana, where he hasn't been for four years. Laura, Margarita and José, his friends from the days of the resistance against the dictator Batista, are waiting for him at the airport. The beautiful Laura is going to be the star at the traditional carnival in Havana that evening. Luis Díaz also comes to the airport. Laura doesn't know how to tell Edoardo, who used to love her, that Luis has also offered her his love. The Díaz are one of the rich families whose property was nationalized after the revolution, and the family members, including Luis, are planning to escape from Cuba. Edoardo has always considered Luis to be his best friend. When the soldiers wounded him all those years ago, it was the medic Luis who saved his life and then helped him escape from Cuba. To his disappointment, he now comes to realize how far Luis is influenced by his upbringing, and that the only thing he cares about is money. Laura, who feels equally disappointed, refuses to leave with Luis. The carnival procession is passing the grandstand when a big explosion resounds in the harbour. José, who was patrolling the area nearby as a policeman, is badly wounded by the conspirators. The explosion and the ensuing fire are meant to divert attention from the fugitives. The members of the Díaz family and their friends make it to the boat that has been waiting for them, but fishermen discover them at sea at dawn and prevent them from travelling further.

Cast

Miguel Gutiérrez

Eduardo

Fausto Mirabal

Luis Díaz

Mayda Limonta

Margarita

Wember Bros

milicionář José, Margaritin manžel

Maruja Calvo

María, Luisova nevlastní matka

Alfrédo Perojo

Carlos Díaz, Luisův otec

Ofelia Gonzáles

Lauřina matka

Tete Vergara

Margaritina matka

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Octavio Cortáraz, Manolo Herrera

Screenstory

Jan Procházka

Screenplay

Jan Procházka, Vladimír Čech, Onelio Jorge Cardoso (španělské dialogy), Richard Falbr (španělské dialogy)

Shooting Script

Vladimír Čech

Director of Photography

Václav Hanuš

Second Unit Photography

Jaroslav Kupšík

Camera Operator

Antonín Vojáček

Production Designer

Leoš Karen

Art Director

René Portocarrero

Set Designer

Josef Pavlík

Make-Up Artist

Oldřich Mach

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Pavel Jelínek, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Rudolf Hájek, Juan Vilar Díaz

Unit Production Manager

Václav Cajthaml, Jaroslav Vlk

Unit Production Manager

Guillermo García

Consultant

Odilio Urfe (hudba)

Cooperation

Roberto Miqueli

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Lucký

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín), Grupo Zarabanda Maňunga (Music Conducted by José Urfe), Grupo Cabildo ganga (Music Conducted by José Urfe), Festivalový orchestr

Songs

Moje Kuba je můj ráj

Singer Boby Jiméz

Production info

Original Title

Komu tančí Havana

Czech Title

Komu tančí Havana

English Title

For Whom Havana Dances

Parallel Title

Para quién baila La Habana

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia, Cuba

Copyright

1962

Production Year

1962

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 16 May 1962
technical Screenplay approved 26 June 1962
start of filming 27 July 1962
projection approval 12/1962
end of filming 12 December 1962

Premiere

premiere 19 April 1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Bohumil Šmída (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

80 min

Original length in metres

2 281 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Spanish

Subtitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech