Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del subdesarrollo) Reviews

March 18, 2020
Brilliant [contrasts].
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.
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.
May 20, 2003
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 14, 2003
A stirring blend of narrative fiction, still photography and rare documentary footage.
January 1, 2000
A thoroughly mature and original creation.