Memories of Underdevelopment (1973)
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Critic Reviews for Memories of Underdevelopment
This audacious, sensual portrait of an alienated intellectual in the early days of Castro's Cuba, released in 1968, is one of the great movies of its era.
The eventual worldwide recognition of Underdevelopment as one of Cuba's finest films speaks as much for the frozen moment it captures as for its unimpeachable quality.
Alea proceeds with dazzling and highly accomplished technique towards a perceptive and witty analysis.
Here is a film about alienation that is wise, sad and often funny, and that never slips into the bored and boring attitudes that wreck Antonioni's later films.
Audience Reviews for Memories of Underdevelopment
Inspired by French nouvelle vague and Italian neorealism, Gutierrez Alea tells a picaresque and penetrating character study of a Cuban bourgeois trying to find his identity among the people living in the recently established socialist regime of Fidel Castro. A look on the underdeveloped Latin America that is deep down inside quite bitter, corrosive and deprived of hope.
BUT WHO WAS TRULY UNDERDEVELOPED? OMG DEEP. Nah, the answer is and will always be Cuba. Backwards-ass mofos.
I was reading through my Reviews, when I realized that not only have I NOT graced the Profile with a Review of a Cuban Film --- but, I don't have anything by TOMAS GUTIERREZ ALEA even referenced.
What was I thinking?!?! I should be thrashed!!!!!
For MEMORIES is that rare Film that Enlightens as it Entertains. An examination of the Cuban Bourgeois in his native habitat --- and the changes he must make if He chooses to remain there. An extraordinary viewing experience which will linger for months afterwards. Recommended without reservation.
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