Cinema: Enemies of the State

IMPROPER CONDUCT Directed by Nestor Almendros and Orlando Jiménez Leal

For the individual citizen of the totalitarian state, the story is dismally familiar: the knock on the door in the midnight hours; the squalid jail where you are held for days without charges; the brutal and degrading interrogations; the phony trial; the years in the forced-labor camp or maximum-security cell. If you are very lucky the nightmare ends with release, exile and the solemn duty to bear witness against your oppressors.

Yet unhappy countries are like Tolstoy's unhappy families; each is miserable in its...

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