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Memories of Underdevelopment

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuba, 1968, 96 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles

A meditation on post-revolution Cuba, Memories of Underdevelopment follows the daily observations of Sergio (Sergio Corrieri), recently abandoned by his wife and parents who have fled to Miami. Sergio’s romantic encounters begin to occupy more of his time as his country’s future seems less certain. The fragmented narrative, which incorporates voiceover, newsreel footage and documentary-like passages, enhances the alienation that dominates Sergio’s experience of his lonely new world.  Alea’s film is a bold statement on personal freedom within the context of political uncertainty, a masterpiece of Cuban filmmaking.

Restored by the Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory and financed by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project.

This series is presented through the generous support of Louis Bluver.