Memories of Underdevelopment
Tomás Gutierrez Alea
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea was born in Havana. He studied law at the University of Havana and cinema at Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. His many directing credits include Stories of the Revolution (60), Memories of Underdevelopment (68), The Last Supper (76), The Survivors (79) and, with Juan Carlos Tabio, Strawberry and Chocolate (93).
This moody masterpiece from 1968 is both a character study about a politically ambivalent playboy and an unfinished diagnosis for a nation in transition. It depicts a Cuba where doubts about the country’s future have already sunken in—along with the growing fear that it’s become a pawn in a game of brinkmanship between superpowers.