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Memories of Underdevelopment

Memories of Underdevelopment (1973)

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The first Cuban film made after Fidel Castro's revolution to receive widespread distribution (and acclaim) in the United States, Memories of Underdevelopment is not exactly a broad endorsement of Castro's new Cuba. Its protagonist, Sergio (Sergio Correri) is depicted in the opening scenes as happy to see off his wife and parents and friends; they are fleeing Cuba in the wake of the Bay of Pigs invasion for America. He is skeptical of the ability of the Revolution to make a real change in Cuban

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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.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Alea proceeds with dazzling and highly accomplished technique towards a perceptive and witty analysis.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A thoroughly mature and original creation.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Though inevitably committed to Castro and the revolution, it's the most valuable account we have of this crucial period of Cuban history.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

While Memories is a landmark film that deserves wide exposure, its overriding concerns about intellectualism and class-consciousness -- or, perhaps, class self-consciousness -- feel dated.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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If you're expecting a stodge of Marxist propaganda, you'll be pleasantly surprised: director Tomas Gutierrez Alea orchestrates a vibrant black-and-white collage of fictional sequences, still photos and documentary footage.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This transfixing movie, with its mix of freewheeling dialogue scenes, still photo images and documentary footage, conjures up the uncertain mood of Havana just after the revolution.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Very complex but well worth the attention you'll need to pay it to even vaguely catch every nuance.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A clever film that may be provocatively political and deadly earnest but still has an infectious sense of fun and creative joy.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A stirring blend of narrative fiction, still photography and rare documentary footage.

May 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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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.
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