This film follows Sergio through his life after the departure of his wife, parents and friends in the wake of the Bay of Pigs incident. He observes the constant threat of invasion while chasing young women in Havana before finally meeting a young girl he seeks to mold into the image of his ex-wife.
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- i am too educated to be innocent. they are too ignorant to be guilty - rousseau, where art thou? it is one of the contradictions of the so called people's revolutions that they are installed by tanks. if people are the oppresed, and the oppressed are the proletariat, and the proletariat hold in their hands the key elements in the technical structure of the modern state, how comes thay always need tanks to get hold
Memories of Underdevelopment avoids one of the biggest problems I have with political dramas, and that is it manages to stay focused on the human element of political upheaval rather than getting lost in making some grandiose point. The film veers from New Wave to documentary to something very emotional. It's never any one thing at any one time, and it raises the bar for cinema in the so called third world.
A pastiche of Godardian meanderings, newsreel footage, and realist tendencies. It is an intellectual exercise, an essay, an attempt to understand, explore, and establish the place of artists and intellectuals within the revolution. Very possibly my favorite film.
Inspired by French nouvelle vague and Italian neorealism, Gutierrez Alea tells a picaresque and penetrating character study of a Cuban bourgeois trying to find his identity among the people living in the recently established socialist regime of Fidel Castro. A look on the underdeveloped Latin America that is deep down inside quite bitter, corrosive and deprived of hope.
Possibly my favourite film of all time. If you're looking for an action/comedy/thriller this is not for you. It's influenced by neo-realist Italian cinema, Antonioni et al. Instead of Rome we get a mesmorising snapshot of Havana at a key juncture in history. It's a beautifully layered, brave and honest film that resonates with timeless universal themes. 'the same words, the same gestures, the same words...'
We might say there's a politics to refusing the canonization of something that is so centered on high-class, masculine, guilt. At the same time, here is a profound piece of political and aesthetic criticism. Out-Godards Godard.