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Old Havana...

THE PRINCE OF OLD HAVANA THE PRINCE OF OLD HAVANA is based on the true story about a man of incredible personal charisma, Alberto Yarini. It is a period piece that evokes the lusty, Latin world of Cuba’s capital in 1910. This is a humming world of Victorian values, but also a world of song, dance, bright colors, spicy food and hard drink. Life was to be lived! Whites, blacks and mulattoes (term used to refer to a person who is born from one white parent and one black parent) mingled in the streets. The air was clean, the water fresh, and the clip-clop of hooves on cobblestones could be heard daily. People worked hard and played harder, and Yarini’s girls were there at the end of the day, to dole out pleasure in unlimited quantities. Unlike other prostitutes, these girls came from France and elsewhere, and were willing to perform sexual feats never before experienced in Havana. The politicians took note of this, and were dutifully decorous during the day, but nefariously nasty at night. Yarini never gave anyone away; that’s why he was so valuable to the pols, and soon had great power in Havana. Dashing and handsome, he was a knight in demeanor; everyone loved him. He could marshal the populace to vote one way or the other, and easily get politicians to look the other way while he ran his bordello—especially since they were its main clients. This is a film that contrasts the two types of women allowed to exist in that era, the repressed Victorian housewife, whose only identity was through her powerful husband, and the working girl, the prostitute. Yarini flitted back and forth between these two types of women, between the worlds of love, power and influence and the worlds of submission, mysticism, powerlessness and lust. Someone, however, will betray Yarini. He will die young and become one for the ages. His story is a sensual one. It mixes charm and lust, power and pleasure, money and corruption, magic and realism. It is the story of Old Havana. It is also the oldest story in the world.

Migdia Chinea, director

Migdia Chinea, director presenting "Old Havana and the Great Pimp of San Isidto" at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2014. Please go to website (under construction) 

The Prince of Old Havana

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"Old Havana..."

Set in Havana at the turn of the 20th Century, “Old Havana and the Great Pimp of San Isidro”is inspired by the true story of Alberto Yarini and Ponce de Leon, a famous Cuban souteneur whose untimely death elevated him to mythic status. His story takes us to a world filled with extraordinary beauty, mystique and tragedy.  It is an opportunity to experience Afro-Cuban culture, particularly music, which is crucial to the definition of Cuba and the result of the majority African culture and the dominant European minority. 


On the first blush of Independence, 1910 Havana flourished as a new frontier for the European elite. Drawn to its beauty -- wealthy industrialists, nobility and people with a past came to its shores, as Havana set out to reinvent itself. But something else occurred in Havana. African culture and rhythms slowly infiltrated the upper echelons of society, until it was embraced, almost unconsciously. In 1910 Havana, one man rose to great power. His name was Yarini, the Great Pimp of San Isidro. Based on his life. This is his story.  UCLA Grad School of Film, Theater, Television and Digital Media. 2012.  Ciboney Productions.  Art work by Frank Varela - Harvard MFA School of Design.  XVI Festiwal Filmow Polskich - Artist VIP Gallery













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