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Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)

Memorias del subdesarrollo (original title)
Sergio (Sergio Corrieri), through his life following the departure of his wife, parents and friends in the wake of the Bay of Pigs incident. Alone in a brave new world, Sergio observes the ... See full summary »

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Sergio Corrieri ...
Sergio Carmona Mendoyo
Daisy Granados ...
Elena
Eslinda Núñez ...
Noemi
Omar Valdés ...
Pablo
René de la Cruz ...
Elena's brother
Yolanda Farr
Ofelia González
Jose Gil Abad
Daniel Jordan
Luis López
Rafael Sosa
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Eduardo Casado Revuelta
René Depestre ...
Himself / Panelist
Edmundo Desnoes ...
Himself
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Sergio (Sergio Corrieri), through his life following the departure of his wife, parents and friends in the wake of the Bay of Pigs incident. Alone in a brave new world, Sergio observes the constant threat of foreign invasion while chasing young women all over Havana before finally meeting Elena (Daisy Granados), a young virgin girl he seeks to mould into the image of his ex-wife, but at what cost to himself? Written by Mr Bongo

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An early Cuban Masterpiece like a Missile out of the Past
22 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Memories of Underdevelopment, 1968.    Director, Tomas Gutierrez Alea: restored B/w print from Cineteca di Bologna with introduction by Martin Scorcese on the tricky restoration process. Stars Sergio Corrieri and Daisy Granados as the good looking lovers of the tale. Landmark Cuban film set in Havana between 1961 when many Cubans fled the country after the Fidel Castro led communist takeover and the Missile Crisis of late 1962 --in between the failed Bay of Pigs invasion.  Against this backdrop of pivotal events the film follows the adventures and misadventures of a handsome divorced man of 38, Sergio, who chose not to leave because he owned property and was not politically involved in the revolution. His seduction of and affair with an attractive seventeen year old girl, Elena, becomes the focal point of the narrative leading up to a trial when he drops her and is accused of rape and breach of promise by her family but acquitted by the court.   All throughout the tale he makes wry observations on the state of underdevelopment of the newly communized island country and the lack of culture of his youthful girlfriend.  One long section covers a visit to Hemingway's Cuban home with satiric comments on his obsession with big game hunting. The narrator remarks that the macho American author only killed animals to keep from killing himself -- which eventually he did.  During the missile crisis we hear a lengthy clip of president Kennedy's voice describing in detail the threat to the hemisphere posed by Russian nuclear weaponry on the island.and the need to do whatever is necessary to squelch this threat. Along the way we are treated to a remarkable clip of the young bearded Fidel Castro in one of his fiery speeches enjoining the Cuban people not to be intimidated by the American colossus to the north as we see Russian tankers being unloaded in Habana. This first big film from Communist Cuba was both a savvy critique of the new hammer and sickle order and a cunning portrait of Cuban society at this crucial historical juncture. Aside from its historical importance and near documentary feel Alea's picture works extremely well simply as a thorny love story and the drama of an attractive middle aged man caught up in political events above and beyond his control. Memories of Underdevelopment opened the door and set the tone for the development of a small but feisty and colorful Cuban film industry, one of the best in Latin America, which continues to turn out interesting movies right up to the present day.


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