Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del subdesarrollo) Reviews

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March 18, 2020
Brilliant [contrasts].
July 30, 2019
Memories of Underdevelopment is a film whose intent can only fully be understood by a Cuban audience in a time and a place that no longer exists.
February 13, 2019
Alea peppers the narrative with references to poverty in the world, the old U.S.-backed regime and its decadence, but isn't making a propaganda piece.
October 13, 2018
[Director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea] uses a lucrative and effective audiovisual arsenal.
July 25, 2018
A ranging, challenging work.
February 15, 2018
No film in the history of cinema better captures the curse of the intellectual than Memories of Underdevelopment.
January 16, 2018
Alternating between immediacy and reflection, fantasy and honesty, lyricism and horror, Memories of Underdevelopment feels like it's being created before our very eyes.
January 12, 2018
Gutierrez Alea blends documentary and feature devices, steals street scenes that put fictional characters in real situations, and offers New Wave-influenced insights into a man who resents what's around him but can't bring himself to leave it.
March 15, 2015
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.
May 20, 2014
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
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
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.
October 21, 2010
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 18, 2008
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.
July 11, 2008
Very complex but well worth the attention you'll need to pay it to even vaguely catch every nuance.
June 24, 2006
Alea proceeds with dazzling and highly accomplished technique towards a perceptive and witty analysis.
September 23, 2005
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December 6, 2004
May 24, 2003
A clever film that may be provocatively political and deadly earnest but still has an infectious sense of fun and creative joy.
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