One of the most beautiful single long shots in the history of cinema comes from an early sequence of the 1964 film, Soy Cuba (I am Cuba), a b&w film shot in Cuba by Soviet director Mikhail Kalatozov. This film has left a strong impact on me while studying film in art school. I noticed then that there were several parallels with Vietnam including the tropical settings, the revlolutionary and socialist propaganda, the romanticization of the country side and the colonial architectures. I wanted to "re-shoot" the film scene for scene is Vietnam.
Pictured here are screenshots from the film printed out and pasted in a large sketchbook with notes.
Film Script, 2003