T. J. English's best-selling book, Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution, went over like a lead balloon in certain corners of El Exilio. The book paints Fulgencio Batista as a corrupt leader all too willing to play ball -- and take kickbacks -- from powerful mobsters, most notably Meyer Lansky. By the time Fidel Castro and his rebels marched into town, the mobsters were practically asking for it.
"We really want to show Havana and Cuba as a character at a time that it's booming," Eisner said. "This is about mobsters who don't only control a few businesses but try to control an entire country, and the tension that results when their plans go awry."
The movie, Eisner said, will use politics as a backdrop but will be less politically explicit than, say, the Sydney Pollack-Robert Redford collaboration Havana.
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