Memories of Underdevelopment

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Memories of Underdevelopment
Memorias del Subdesarrollo Poster.jpg
Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Written by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Edmundo Desnoes
Starring Sergio Corrieri
Daisy Granados
Eslinda Nuñez
Music by Leo Brouwer
Distributed by ICAIC
Release date(s) 19 August 1968 (Cuba)
17 May 1973 (U.S.)
Running time 96 min.
Country Cuba
Language Spanish

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.[1]


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.



  1. ^ [1], Memories of Underdevelopment at Sight & Sound 2012 poll

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