Rent Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)

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1h 33min
Rent Memories of Underdevelopment (aka Memorias del subdesarrollo) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
"Memories of Underdevelopment" follows 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? Even though director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea was a staunch and devoted supporter of the revolution, 'Memories of Underdevelopment' makes a raw and uncompromising analysis of the newly formed system of government.
Through a moving blend of narrative fiction, still photography and rare documentary footage, Alea catalogues the intricacies of the early days of the Castro regime; producing a stirring and enigmatic work that feeds from the culture of the very subject it is studying; Cuba.
Actors:
, , , , , Yolanda Farr, Ofelia González, Jose Gil Abad, , , Rafael Sosa, Eduardo Casado Revuelta, René Depestre, Edmundo Desnoes, Pello el Afrokán, , , , , Beatriz Ponchova
Directors:
Producers:
Miguel Mendoza
Writers:
Edmundo Desnoes
Aka:
Memorias del subdesarrollo
Studio:
Mr Bongo Films
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Countries:
Cuba, Classics, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/10/2008
Run Time:
97 minutes
Languages:
Spanish
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/02/2017
Run Time:
93 minutes
Languages:
Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Rewarding artefact from a time of change. - Memories of Underdevelopment review by TE

Spoiler Alert
10/09/2018

This classic from the early days of the Cuban Revolution crackles with energy and an urgent sense of a key moment in history.

Unsurprisingly it comes across as somewhat dated now, particularly in its gender politics.

The central character is something of a blank page, not one of the right wingers who flee to the USA, but also not a participant in the Castro revolution.

This leaves the film in a curious state of ambivalence.

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