Martí, the Eye of the Canary 2010 with English Subtitles



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Martí, the Eye of the Canary 2010
José Martí: El ojo del canario (original title)
1h 45min | Drama, History | 8 March 2011 (USA)
Storyline:The story of José Martí’s (Cuba’s National Hero) youth.User review:This historical drama, depicting different phases in the late childhood and youth of the so-called “Apostle of Cuba” José Martí, is most of the time a biopic full of commonplaces often found in this genre, directed by Fernando Pérez, one of the most respected names in Cuban cinema. Narrated in four movements, in the first two (“Bees” and “Arias”), the 9 year old Martí (endearingly played by Damián Rodríguez) is bullied in school by schoolmates and abused by his schoolmaster, while he learns notions of justice and oppression from his father. He discovers the beauties of Mother Nature with an old slave, explores his sexuality and enters into the world of high art in a Havanan theater. The boy also becomes aware of the high price a poor child has to pay for education. In the last two segments (“Birthday” and “Bars”), Daniel Romero plays the adolescent Martí in a more intense but still taciturn manner, as the budding Romantic poet becomes a militant for the liberation of Cuba under Spanish tyranny. As beautifully photographed as it is (by Raúl Pérez Ureta), still the motion picture has no exceptional strokes to lead it to greatness: the dialogues are often trite and the highly regarded actress Broselianda Hernández, as Martí’s mother, has to deal with excessively melodramatic scenes (wearing a long black dress that echoes Raquel Revuelta in «Lucía» and «Cecilia»). Pérez knows how to keep us interested all the time, so the experience is never boring; but in my opinion, what saves «José Martí: el ojo del canario» from being a routine biopic is Pérez’s fabulation of Martí’s early life. It is true that you have to know that there is little information of José Martí’s childhood and adolescence, to have a better appreciation of Pérez’s script. However, it is the director’s free invention of situations, conflicts and inspirations –all based on chronicles of the dramatic times Martí lived and on the poetry he wrote in those years– that makes the motion picture a respectable and valuable movie experience.
Director: Fernando Pérez
Writer: Fernando Pérez (screenplay)
Stars: Daniel Romero Pildaín, Damián Rodríguez, Broselianda Hernández
Country: Cuba
Language: Spanish
Release Date: 8 March 2011 (USA)
Also Known As: Martí, the Eye of the Canary
Filming Locations: Havana, Cuba
IMDB Profile tt1956538

Martí, the Eye of the Canary (2010)

Martí, the Eye of the Canary 2010 with English Subtitles 19


Martí, the Eye of the Canary

Director: Fernando Pérez

Writers: Fernando Pérez

Stars: Daniel Romero, Damián Rodríguez, Broselianda Hernández

Summary: The story of José Martí's (Cuba's National Hero) youth.

Also known as: José Martí: El ojo del canario on DVD

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