Made in Cuba, Lucia tells three stories of three periods of Cuban history, from the vantage point of three women, each called Lucia. Directed by the world famous Humberto Solas (Manuela, Simparele) this tri-partite feature melds Cuban revolutionary fervour with feminist and social politics and was the film that catapulted Solas into the international spotlight.
Focusing on the plight of women from different classes in Cuba’s history, Lucia is a pioneering piece of Latin American cinema that highlights the plight and contribution of women in Cuba’s revolutionary history.
At the age of 14, Humberto Solás left home to participate in a guerilla struggle against Fulgencio Batista’s dictatorship. After Castro’s victory, he would graduate from University with a degree in history; perhaps explaining the attention devoted to history by Solás’ in his films. After joining Cuba’s state film school (ICAIC), he worked on a series of shorts which he would later disown for its imitation of European films and lack of involvement with Cuban reality. He regarded the 1966 film, Manuela, as his first real film. The film earned praise for featuring a woman farm worker’s engagement in guerilla warfare. Solás films often centered on women, who he felt were ideally placed to present a critique on society. Lucía, made in 1968, was a sensation on initial release. It narrated the story of three women named Lucía across the history of Cuba. Its popular success led it to becoming, along with Memories of Underdevelopment, the banner film of Cuban cinema.
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