• Greek Title Μνήμες υπανάπτυξης
  • English Title Memories of underdevelopment
  • Original Title Memorias de subdesarollo
  • Year: 1968
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Country: Cuba
  • Duration: 97'
  • Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
  • Scriptwriter: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Edmundo Desnoes
  • Cinematography: Ramón F. Suárez
  • Editing: Nelson Rodríguez
  • Music / Score: Leo Brouwer
  • Cast: Sergio Corrieri, Daisy Granados, Eslinda Núñez, Omar Valdés, René de la Cruz
  • Production: Miguel Mendoza, Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos
  • Awards: FIPRESCI Prize, Winner: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (1968) and Foundation Award, Winners: Richard and Hilda Rosenthal at National Society of Film Critics Awards (USA 1974)
  • Distinctions: Crystal Globe for Best Film, Nominee: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (director) at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (1968) and NSFC Award for Best Actor, Nominee: Sergio Corrieri, 5th Place at National Society of Film Critics Awards (USA 1974)
  • Color: Black & White
  • Audio: Sound
  • Language: Spanish
  • Format: DCP
  • Restoration: Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC), funded by The George Lucas Family Foundation and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project.
  • Print Source: Cineteca di Bologna
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The film boldly blends the personal and the political, fiction and documentary, in the context of the rift of the Cuban Revolution with the USA, in 1962, a year before the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Based on a novel by co-writer Edmundo Desnoes, Sergio, a privileged petty bourgeois intellectual, chooses to stay in Cuba and document the cosmogenic changes in a novel. Wandering in the bustling Havana, nor does he participate neither denies the social becoming. “I try to live like a European and that leads me to underdevelopment” he says at one point in the film. Gutiérrez Alea, with obvious influences from Godard, contemplates without demagoguery the revolution in Cuba through this passive anti-hero.

Τomás Gutiérrez Alea (1928- 1996) was Cuba's greatest and best-known director. After studying law in Cuba, he studied filmmaking in Rome. A supporter of Fidel Castro, he helped develop Cuba’s film industry after 1959 and made the communist regime’s first official feature film, Stories of the Revolution (1960). Later he worked within the restrictions of the regime to satirize and explore various aspects of life in postrevolutionary Cuba in such internationally acclaimed films as Death of a bureaucrat (1966), The survivors (1979), and Strawberry and chocolate (1993).

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