Memories of Underdevelopment
|Memories of Underdevelopment|
|Directed by||Tomás Gutiérrez Alea|
|Written by||Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
|Music by||Leo Brouwer|
|Release dates||19 August 1968 (Cuba)
17 May 1973 (U.S.)
|Running time||96 min.|
Memories of Underdevelopment (Spanish: Memorias del Subdesarrollo) is a 1968 Cuban film. Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, the story is based on a novel by Edmundo Desnoes. It was Alea's fifth film, and probably his most famous worldwide. The film gathered several awards at international film festivals. It was elected the 144th best movie of all time in the Sight & Sound 2012 poll.
Sergio, a wealthy bourgeois aspiring writer, decides to stay in Cuba even though his wife and friends flee to Miami. Sergio looks back over the changes in Cuba, from the Cuban Revolution to the missile crisis, the effect of living in an underdeveloped country, and his relations with his girlfriends Elena and Hanna. Memories of Underdevelopment is a complex character study of alienation during the turmoil of social changes. The film is told in a highly subjective point of view through a fragmented narrative that resembles the way memories function.
- Memories of Underdevelopment at the Internet Movie Database
- Memories of Underdevelopment at Rotten Tomatoes
- Derek Malcolm of the Guardian places "Memorias del Subdesarrollo" at number 54 in his 100 greatest movies
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