An introduction to creating a classic school film.
The Lad is a short film by Cuban filmmaker Fidel Castro, which premiered in 1962 at the La Raza Academy of Cinema.
It features a scene of a young boy playing a piano in a school, and the teacher asks him what he would like to play in a film.
The boy responds: “A school film!”
The teacher responds, “That’s a good one.
I’ll teach you how to write it.”
The boy then plays the music of a classical orchestra.
In the movie, the music is played by a boy in a suit and tie playing the role of a teacher.
Here’s a video of the scene:Here’s another:Here is a video by the director of The Lad, Manuela Garcia:Here are two more clips from The Lad: The film was released by La Razzola Film School in Cuba, and it was directed by Roberto Alvarado, who also directed The Last of the Kings.
I’ve embedded the video above and below.
If you’ve never seen The Lad before, you can watch the film at the La Raza website: http://www.larazabio.com/movie.html#moviedownload The film was nominated for an Academy Award, and a film critic named Tom Brokaw said of the film:”Its the quintessential Cuban film.
Castro’s vision is that every school should have a musical instrument, and The Lad was a classic example of what was possible.”
It is, of course, also a classic Cuban film, and its influence on modern films is vast.
For example, Empire of the Sun is one of the most famous films in Cuban cinema.
But in the 1960s, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character is called the teacher in Empire of the Suns, and Cuban cinematographer Jorge Salazar’s film is a perfect homage to the film.