By A. Hernandez-Reguant
This assortment examines Cuban cultural construction in the course of the exact interval of the Nineteen Nineties, following the cave in of the Soviet Bloc. individuals deal with the cultural varieties; and the linked ethics and practices of labour, rest, and bureaucratic association that arose within the transformation of the socialist cultural infrastructure.
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The majority of them were made with Spain, after a 1988 bilateral agreement to that effect—followed by Germany, France, Denmark, Filmmaking with Foreigners 41 and various Latin American countries. These coproductions were flexible and negotiated arrangements. A “standard” coproduction consisted of a partnership between a Cuban filmmaker with a script to be shot in Cuba and a largely Cuban cast including, perhaps, a few members from the coproducing countries. In contrast, in a “service” coproduction a foreign partner paid the ICAIC to organize the shooting of a foreign film, including the identification of locations, the hiring of actors, the provision of stock footage, and/or the conduction of related research.
The latter is on Truths and Fictions 31 the other end of the line while the former, speaking from a five-star hotel room in which she has spent the night with her French lover, gives a blowby-blow account of the luxuries she is enjoying, and of her privileged access to a world of English television and vodka martinis of which her friend, as she is constantly reminded, is “pretty ignorant” (36). The oasis in which the woman who insists that she is not a jinetera finds herself is contrasted directly to the city outside: it has hot running water while outside there is none, and its occupants smoke Camel cigarettes rather than “those nasty Populares” (Suárez 1999: 33).
Although not published until 1997, “Money” is set in the economic and political watershed of 1994. S. dollars, rather than merely the Cuban peso; a shift with lasting consequences for literature as for other areas of Cuban life. The dollar’s depenalization was announced on July 26, 1993 in recognition on the government’s part that “[it] was confronting a multidimensional economic crisis to which the old remedies of intensifying controls and regulations or mounting state-led campaigns and programs seemed irrelevant” (Ritter and Rowe 2003: 430).