An Unlikely Observer

An Unlikely Observer

In 1958, Errol Flynn, his screen career mostly behind him, traveled to Cuba as a war correspondent to cover the advance of Fidel Castro’s rebels on Havana. As he always had in the movies, he ended up in the middle of the action — side by side with Castro, as dictator Fulgencio Batista fled the country.

Errol Flynn’s Ghost will chronicle this little-known episode in the life of Hollywood’s most famous swashbuckler, while delving into a related, equally overlooked phenomenon: the proliferation and cultural impact of Hollywood movies in Cuba from the earliest decades of the 20th century.

Weaving together film history, cultural analysis, and the real-life adventures of this legendary leading man, Errol Flynn’s Ghost will make an important contribution to our understanding of U.S.-Cuba cultural relations.

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Errol Flynn’s Ghost

Errol Flynn’s Ghost

Errol Flynn’s Ghost: Hollywood in Havana is a new documentary film examining the cultural impact of American movies in mid-20th century Cuba. As Errol Flynn’s Ghost will show, to be Cuban in the mid-20th century required active engagement with — and negotiation of — American westerns, gangster films, and swashbuckling epics. This project is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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