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Our Man in Havana (1959) was a Drama - Thriller/Suspense Film directed by Carol Reed and produced by Carol Reed.

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Our Man in Havana (1959) and Vacuums in The Atomic Age

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 20, 2021 From 4 Star Films

Because of the renewed partnership of Grahame Greene and director Carol Reed, it’s difficult not to feel an inclination to compare Our Man in Havana with The Third Man from a decade prior. If you wanted to go out on a limb, you could make the case the earlier film beget this film, at least in ... Read full article


Our Man in Havana (1959)

By Beatrice on Nov 2, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Our Man in Havana Directed by Carol Reed Written by Graham Greene (novel) 1959/UK/USA Kingsmeade Productions/Columbia Pictures Corporation Repeat viewing/Netflix rental I find this cold war comedy to be darker than many?do. The film is set immediately before the Cuban revolution. ?Jim Wormold (Al... Read full article


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Jim Wormold: We should all be clowns, Milly.


Jim Wormold: Everything's legal in Havana.


Capt. Segura: Some people expect to be tortured, others are outraged by it.


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Brazilian director Alberto Cavalcanti had originally been in talks with Graham Greene about making a film together just after World War II. They had devised an outline story about a vacuum cleaner salesman operating as a spy in the Estonian capital of Tallinn in 1938. This project stalled when they were refused government permission to lampoon the Secret Service. Undeterred, Greene carried on under his own steam, drawing on his experience observing Abwehr (German intelligence service) agents in Portugal during World War II, who had been paid per report and not according to results.
Fidel Castro's government gave permission for this film, which presents the fallen regime of Fulgencio Batista, in an unflattering light and also condemns American and British meddling, to shoot on location in Havana, only months after the revolution. It was completed during the brief period in 1959 before Cuba had aligned itself with the Soviet Union.
Filmed on location in Havana three months after Fidel Castro's January 1959 revolution, the script had to be submitted to Cuba's Ministry of the Interior, which insisted that 39 changes be made to make it appear that life during the Batista regime was more unfavorable.
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