The Funniest Cuban Comedies


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This section is for comedies from Cuba. By default they are presented starting with the ones ranking highest on the laugh-o-meter, but you can also sort them by year, title or IMDB rating.

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Mafalda Cuba posterMafalda
      1993 | Cuba | Laughs: 0.9 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 6.8
      wikipedia | who was involved?

This cartoon by a Cuban director is based on the famous comic by his Argentinean friend Quino. Although barely over 70 minutes long, it may be too much to attempt over a single sitting as it is relentless, each of the 104 vignettes running into its neighbor(s) without transition.

I was often struck by the skillful collision of worlds—for instance that of children with that of adults, or that of reality with that of soap operas. One striking element is the presence of television (and cartoons) without the cartoon. Adult preoccupations such as ecology and political regimes sometimes intervene.

I didn't think that such bare graphics would keep me interested, but they did. I didn't laugh, but the cartoon did make me smile for its constant quirkiness, and I enjoyed it.

(Last viewed: February 2019)

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Death of a Bureaucrat posterDeath of a Bureaucrat (La Muerte De Un Burócrata)
      1966 | Cuba | Laughs: 0.5 (Light-Hearted) | imdb: 7.8
      wikipedia | who was involved?

At the initiative of his loving colleagues, a hard-working man is buried along with his worker's card. When his widow goes to claim her pension, she is asked to produce that card. The hurdles that ensue are predictably chaotic and a tad tiresome, but the film has quirky and attaching sides. To you Animal Farm lovers, please don't tell me that this is a searing critique of bureaucracy in a communist country. The same kind of film could be made about interactions with the Department of Motor Vehicles or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Although the film didn't make me laugh, I found it to be a worthwhile watch for its charm and the window it offers into a different time and place. (Last viewed: June 2017)

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Alice in Wondertown posterAlice in Wondertown (Alicia en el Pueblo de Maravillas)
      1991 | Cuba | Laughs: 0.0 (Just Awful) | imdb: 6.7
      who was involved?

A young woman moves to a very strange town where she has been hired as a drama teacher. I was excited to try a Cuban movie but couldn't understand why this one is classified as a comedy—it starts out like a horror movie and only gradually lightens up. I wanted to persevere out of respect for Fidel and cultural curiosity but was simply unable to get past the 27th minute. However, the film has a decent imdb rating, so some people must like it. (Last viewed: July 2014)

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