"Memories of Underdevelopment"
Directed by Tomas Gutierrez-Alea
Set in the 1960s, this
was the first Cuban film to be released in the U.S.. The film focuses on a
Europeanized Cuban intellectual, too idealistic (or lazy) to leave for Miami, but too
decadent to fit into the new Cuban society. The film is a remarkable demonstration that
artistic subtlety, political commitment, and superior entertainment need not be
incompatible. "A fascinating achievement... here is a film about
alienation that is wise, sad and often funny... the result is hugely
effective and moving." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times. "A work of considerable accomplishment and historic importance."
- Joy Cocks, Time Magazine. Winner of the International Federation
of Film Critics Award (1968). Spanish with English subtitles. B&W. 97 minutes.