Improper Conduct (1984)

Improper Conduct

Synopsis:
Cuban exiles discuss “moral purges” in post-revolutionary Cuba, when those who exhibited “improper conduct” (primarily homosexuals and intellectuals) were persecuted and/or jailed.

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Response to Peary’s Review:

As Peary notes, this acclaimed documentary by Cuban exiles Nestor Almendros (a highly respected cinematographer who died of AIDS in 1992) and Orlando Jimenez Leal effectively depicts “the widespread and systematic oppression and persecution of those who [didn’t] fit [Castro’s] image of ‘macho’.” While the film does run a bit too long, it remains a powerful antidote to the overly “rose-colored vision many political radicals have” of revolutionary Cuba.

Redeeming Qualities:

  • Shows a side of Castro’s regime that isn’t often discussed

Must See?
Yes. This powerful documentary remains essential viewing.

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