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The Castro-led revolution in Cuba.

Film opens with bongo drummer playing and other Cuban musicians playing instruments while dancers in fetching costumes dance and enjoy themselves. Scene shifts to view from water of Havana skyline and then to automobile traffic on a busy street in a commercial district of the city. A Busy street crowded with pedestrians on sidewalks. Cuban workers leaving an industrial plant at shift end. Smoke pouring from three tall smoke stacks in background. Large machines employed in a factory. A construction worker in the cab of earth moving equipment. A field worker rotating a long wooden boom by hand. Men cutting sugar cane with machetes. A farmer opening gate to allow water into an irrigation network. View of water rushing into the irrigation ditches and entering the area of crops. A farmer using cattle to pull his plow. Cattle entering a stockyard. Shoppers at an open-air market filled with all kinds of fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products. Families of poorer people in rural areas outside of Havana. They live in shacks ahd are photographed with their small children. Next, two uniformed members of the Cuban National Police (Policia Nacional de Cuba) are seen. (The narrator mentions that Cuban people lived for 60 years under a succession of corrupt and often dictatorial leaders.) View of men in a line being monitored by a National policeman. Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar is seen next to his wife, Marta Fernández Miranda, as they cast ballots in the 1952 Presidential election. Glimpse of several Cuban National Police lined up looking over a wall. Next, members of Fidel Castro's resistance movement are seen silhouetted against the sky, as they walk, carrying arms, in the mountain regions of Cuba. Fidel, himself is silhouetted as his men walk past him. Views of Castro's men moving through the rugged mountain terrain as shots are being fired. The combat becomes more intense. The views are from the Castro forces as they engage in fire fights with Batista forces (unseen). Machine guns are heard, and an explosion occurs. More views of the Castro forces using a machine gun and small arms. Scene shifts to a public square in Havana as it fills with people celebrating the downfall of Batista on 1s of January, 1959. Crowds surround Fidel Castro as he arrives in Havana. The crowds cheer him wildly. as the hero, and liberator of the Cuban people. Castro addresses the crowds from a balcony, promising them elections, land reform,freedom and the rights guaranteed under the Cuban Constitution of 1940. Glimpse of a copy of that document. View of Manuel Urrutia raising his hands to acknowledge the crowd, when he was named President on January 3rd, 1959. Fidel Castro arriving in New York City and greeted as a Cuban Nationalist hero. Castro waving to crowds of admirers. In Washington,DC, he is seen placing a memorial wreath at the Statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln memorial. Castro speaking at a press conference in Washington,DC. Speaking from a podium, in English, he states emphatically that he is not a communist. Castro is seen later, back in Havana at a large political gathering, where he and Che Guevara along with other revolutionaries, engage others in publicly broadcast discussions and debates. A barefoot boy is brought into the center of the proceedings, where he points an accusing finger toward someone (not clear who that person is). View inside a newspaper printing plant, as Narrator states Castro began attacks on the Press resulting in the demise of the Free Press, and its takeover by government run newspaper "HOY." View of Hoy sign in front of a newspaper building. Communist propaganda seen dominating papers and magazines at a news stand. Small bust of Lenin seen for sale.

Date: 1959
Duration: 6 min 35 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Fulgencio Batista ousts President Carlos Prio Socarras; resistance and revolution against Batista begins in Cuba

1952: Fulgencio Batista seizes power in Cuba. Batista and his men enter Camp Columbia and win over the garrison. The soldiers pick up arms. The convoy leaves for the Presidential Palace in Havana. A pilot climbs into the cockpit of an airplane. Rafael Salas Canizares, the new Chief of Police, directs his men in his office. He goes into a building and talks to his radio operator. Obsolete ships of the Cuban Navy in the bay. Officers converse before a map on the wall. Cars and tanks on their way to the Presidential Palace. President Carlos Prio Socarras takes sanctuary in the Mexican Embassy. The Republic of Cuba flag, and the Democratic constitution suspended. Ousted President Carlos Prio Socarras leaves for Mexico with his family. The Presidential Palace in Havana. Batista during a meeting with his Cabinet. University of Havana students carry out a mock funeral of the Cuban constitution. Police officers and officials inside the Fifth National Police Station. Seeds of revolution against Batista are sown: Leader of the student movement, Jose Antonio Echeverria, encourages his fellow students to act. A pro-Batista faction smears the statue of a student hero with red paint. Students gather and demonstrate on the streets. The police try to control the demonstration. Explosions during the demonstrations. A wounded student leader protesting against Batista is taken to a hospital, where he dies. Students carry his casket down the steps of a building. Student demonstrators hang Batista in effigy. Police arrests students in the University campus. The students are defended by a former Senator in court. Newspaper headlines about the various shootings. A man killed during a police raid. Rafael Salas Canizares is made Brigadier. Proceedings underway in the Department of Investigation. The Minister of Interior meets with radio executives and publishers and orders censorship. People around a car with the words 'Censored' and 'Censorship' painted on it.

Date: 1952
Duration: 6 min 19 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Film shot by U.S. Air Force personnel during visit to Cuban Air Force base at Campo Columbia near Havana, Cuba in January, 1953

Scenes of Cuban Air Force Base and headquarters, at Campo Columbia near Havana, Cuba, and aircraft acquired from the United States Air Force. Film opens with U.S. Air Force sergeant photographer holding a slate marked roll #1, LETO. He is dressed in starched khaki uniform. Other U.S. Airmen stand behind him. Scene shifts to a North American T-6 trainer airplane, Number 119, with skin removed from forward fuselage. A maintenance stand and tools are positioned in front of the aircraft. Hangar number 3 sits behind the T-6. The camera pans right showing two bubble-top P-47Ds parked on the ramp. The first displays number 458 (One of twenty-nine P-47s purchased from the USAF in the period, May, 1952 through June 1953). Work is being performed on the engine of the other. Camera panning right shows another T-6. Also seen is a Lockheed C-56 Lodestar (Lockheed Model 18) that was purchased in 1950 and numbered CU-EDU 2. It is parked in front of a low building with parapets and a flag flying atop it. A large multistory Headquarters building, topped with a control tower is seen in background. Closeup of another P-47 parked on edge of ramp, with its tail in the grass. Camera is moved back showing P-47s and T-6s on ramp in front of the headquarters building. Next, several U.S. Airmen are seen walking across the ramp towards the operations office on ground floor of the Headquarters building. More views of P-47s and T-6s plus a Consolidated PBY 0A-10 Catalina amphibious aircraft parked on the airfield. Several C-47 (DC-3) transport aircraft are seen at the end of the film.

Date: 1953, January
Duration: 43 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Story of Cuban missile crisis in the month of October.

Documentary "One Week in October." Aerial views of Russian missiles in Cuba. Columbus day parade with marching bands, Boy Scouts, troops. Brief excerpt from 1962 World Series Baseball game with New York Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry delivering to Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants, who hits a ball to the deep left corner that is caught. March of Dimes annual poster girl. Jackie Kennedy with children of foreign diplomats. Fireworks in Uganda celebrating its independence. View of Vatican Palace and a candlelight vigil. President John Kennedy with Ahmed Ben Bella, Premier of Algeria. Ben Bella is then seen with Cuban leader Castro who receives him in Cuba. U.S. moon rocket launch. Scientists in America reviewing designs for fallout shelters and visiting banks, stores, and municipal buildings and garages to assess them for worthiness as bomb fallout shelters. Views of various types of fallout shelters. Food, water drums, medical and sanitation supplies bound for civic fallout shelters are seen rolling off of assembly lines and being boxed. Radiological monitoring equipment on an assembly line. A woman packages a geiger counter into a box. Then the fallout shelter supplies are seen transported by rail to defense department warehouses for distribution by local authorities to Community Fallout Shelters. View of moving train seen from above and from sideview. View of new fallout shelter signs being mounted at fallout shelters. Forklifts working at Naval Supply Center Oakland in California to arrange supplies for shelters. View of American Legion meeting where former President Harry Truman makes a speech. Former President Eisenhower gives a speech in Connecticut endorsing some candidates. Air Force helicopter flies overhead and then seen landing on White House lawn. Beaches of Cuba. Marches in Cuba. Historic view of soldiers marching beside monument to Battleship Maine in Havana. Crane atop monument as a wing is cut off; scenes of destruction of monument to Battleship Maine in Havana. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara marching into Havana in 1959 with cheering throngs after succeeding in revolt against Batista. Fidel Castro and Soviet leader Khrushchev greeting one another at United Nations in 1961. Soviet deputy premier Anastas Mikoyin greeted by Castro and crowd at Havana airport in 1960. Trade agreement between Cuba and Havana signed. Soviet Russian cargo ships on way to Havana. Cuban refugees in small boats being rescued by U.S. Coast Guard. Views of military specialists examining films of aerial views of suspected missile installations in Cuba. U.S. military mobilization for possible war. Strategic Air Command begins dispersing aircraft to possible needed locations. B-52 Stratofortress aircraft takes off. Badge on plane: "Anywhere. Anytime." Destroyer USS Strong, DD-758, making way in heavy seas. An American Aircraft Carrier underway in the distance. Polaris submarine on surface. Officers of STRAC or Strategic Army Corps seen meeting after being assigned to the new command of U.S. Forces Atlantic. Alerted U.S Army units on training exercise to maintain combat readiness. American Army troops load into rear of transport plane . C-124 Globemaster taking off. Then a C-119 shortly after takeoff flying overhead. Then a MATS C-124 again is seen overhead. 1st Armored division tanks being loaded onto rail for transport from Fort Hood Texas to Fort Stewart Georgia.

Date: 1962
Duration: 11 min 5 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Old Havana, Cuba. Iglesia de la Cathedral, Street scenes, Castillo de la Fuerza, and Oriental Park Race Track, Marianao, Havana

Scenes of activity around the Iglesia de la Cathedral in Old Havana, Cuba. People entering and leaving the church. A man standing with a loaded cart. Military officers relaxing at table under tree in Old Havana. Soldiers marching into the ancient "Castillo De La Fuerza" (Castle of Strength) in Old Havana. A military officer walking in the area of the military garrison Castillo De La Fuerza located on the water in the port of Havana. Street scenes of Old Havana showing the Prado Promenade, with automobiles, pedestrians and a little black dog. Views of spectators crowding the Oriental Park Race Track, Marianao, Havana, Cuba. Horses and riders seen in various phases of horse racing: Going to starting gate, and finishing a race.

Date: 1938
Duration: 2 min 34 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
The National Capitol Building,Havana telephone exchange,Morro Castle,Presidential Palace and other buildings in Havana,Cuba.

Monuments in the city of Havana, Cuba. View of the Havana skyline. The exteriors of the National Capitol Building. The dome of the building. The exteriors of the Havana telephone exchange building. The USS Maine monument in the University of Havana. The Hotel National of Havana in the background. The exteriors of the Presidential Palace in Havana. The Morro Castle at Havana bay.

Date: 1936
Duration: 1 min 55 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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