Memories of Underdevelopment

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In the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Sergio (Sergio Corrieri), an affluent writer, chooses to stay behind in Cuba while his wife and family escape to neighboring Miami. Sergio is pessimistic about the revolution's promise to bring sweeping change to his country, and he squanders his days prowling the streets of Havana looking for female companionship. Trouble erupts when his fling with chaste Elena (Daysi Granados) nearly ruins him after her family accuses Sergio of rape.

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Sergio Corrieri
Sergio Carmona Mendoyo
Beatriz Ponchova
Eslinda Núñez
Daniel Jordan
Luis Lopez
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
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Audience Reviews for Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del subdesarrollo)

  • Sep 13, 2011
    Extraordinary collage of intellectual and political improvisation, featuring faithfully the sensual eccentricities of the French New Wave, the stylish Italian roughness and the remnants of Communist/Soviet ideals seen through the glasses of a post-revolutionary society that was barely learning how to manage the societal changes present. My theory is that Sergio is, if it could be said like that, the alter-ego of the Latin American nation, both trying to understand the constant modifications occurring in their surrounding environment just to be threatened by foreign invasions in the process. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2008
    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.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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