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Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)

Memorias del subdesarrollo (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 17 May 1973 (USA)
A Cuban man cycles through his repressed opinions and memories as the threat of foreign invasion intensifies and the rest of his family retreats to Miami.

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Edmundo Desnoes (novel), Edmundo Desnoes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sergio Corrieri ... Sergio Carmona Mendoyo
Daisy Granados Daisy Granados ... Elena
Eslinda Núñez Eslinda Núñez ... Noemi
Omar Valdés Omar Valdés ... Pablo
René de la Cruz René de la Cruz ... Elena's brother
Yolanda Farr Yolanda Farr
Ofelia González Ofelia González
Jose Gil Abad Jose Gil Abad
Daniel Jordan Daniel Jordan
Luis López Luis López
Rafael Sosa Rafael Sosa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eduardo Casado Revuelta Eduardo Casado Revuelta
René Depestre René Depestre ... Himself / Panelist
Edmundo Desnoes Edmundo Desnoes ... Himself
Pello el Afrokán Pello el Afrokán
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Storyline

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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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Cuba

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

17 May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Memories of Underdevelopment See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,244, 14 January 2018

Gross USA:

$29,647

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,103
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Sergio Carmona Mendoyo: One thing about people that upsets me is their inability to sustain something without collapsing. Take Elena: she was totally inconsistent. Didn't relate things. That's a symptom of underdevelopment: the inability to relate things, to gain experience, develop. It's difficult here because women are conditioned by sentiments and culture. A soft environment. People waste talents on inconsistent adaptations. They always need someone to think for them.
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Featured in New Cinema of Latin America: Cinema of the Humble (1983) See more »

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Emotional Existentialism
26 December 2005 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"Memories of Underdevelopment" (Cuban, 1968): Made in 1968, set and shot (b/w) in 1961-62 Cuba, using a frighteningly smooth blend of documentary footage, and flash-backs, with new sets, locations, and actors in present-time, we watch a man at an airport say goodbye to most everyone he's ever known. THEY are escaping the new Castro Cuba, to start over in Miami, USA. HE has decided to remain (although we're never given much of an explanation why), and use (what must be) his independent wealth. Now living in the big city with only strangers, he wanders about looking for relationships. Instant closeness. Replacements. Although carrying the demeanor of a suave, patient, aging bachelor, he has the desperation of a teenage boy, driven by appearances and hormones. As archival footage is used to expand the vision of Castro's Cuba, it is clear the lonely man is the one making the bigger mistake. I thought of this "story" as Emotionally Existential.


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