An international film crew in recent weeks has been re-enacting this and other historic scenes in the streets of Havana for “Papa,” a biopic about the budding friendship between Hemingway and the reporter in the turbulent Cuba of the 1950s.
Years in the making, producers say it is the first full-length feature film with a Hollywood director and actors to be shot in the country since the 1959 revolution.
And my favorite snippet from the AP piece:
There have also been some only-in-Cuba moments of frustration. In a country with a history of high-seas defections, something as simple as getting on a boat requires official approval. So when cast members’ names were missing from a list one day, an open-water shoot was delayed.
How’s that, AP? Well, we’re perplexed. Because for over a year now the AP’s own “reporters” (i.e. stenographers) have been “reporting” (i.e. transcribing) how the Castro regime has lifted all travel/emigration restrictions on its subjects. And implying how the U.S is now the bad guy by not lifting travel restrictions on Americans to Cuba.
When you report about a movie project in the U.S. halted for fear that a few American citizens might have boarded a boat–THEN we’ll consider the U.S. the “bad guys” on travel.