Godfathers of Havana

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Documentary/History, USA, 2006

Synopsis Step back in time to when Havana was a favorite escape of the moneyed elite and a cash cow for organized crime.* See how mobsters exploited the Batista government to turn Havana into a 'sin city' of the South. * This incisive series exposes secrets held for decades. * Features extensive interviews with inside sources and leading scholars.They are the stories that have been suppressed or overlooked for years and even generations. They expose the dark side of heroes, the humanity of villains, and the behind-the-scenes deals and bargains struck on the eve of history's most important events. Filled with extraordinary footage and interviews with eyewitnesses and experts, DECLASSIFIED illuminates fresh facets of some of the most compelling personalities and moments of the past.When Castro came to power in 1958, the Batista government was not the only thing kicked out of Cuba. The mobsters who had long dominated Havana's sultry nights lost a seemingly unstoppable cash machine. More than just a haven for rum and rhumba, the Caribbean capital was at the crossroads of the narcotics superhighway and a haven for gangsters who provided high-profile, high-life visitors with anything their hearts desired. In this evocative hour, DECLASSIFIED prowls the streets of pre-Castro Havana shedding light on secrets held for generations.

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