Sunday, March 11

Special Engagements Archive

Memories of Underdevelopment

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50th Anniversary! New Digital Restoration!

Friday, March 9 – Sunday, March 11

(1968) dir Tomás Gutiérrez Alea w/Sergio Corrieri [97 min; DCP]
One of the first Cuban films to achieve significant success abroad, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s intimate and densely layered Memories of Underdevelopment is a landmark work of the country’s cinema. Left behind by his wife and family in the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs, the bourgeois intellectual Sergio (Corrieri) passes his days wandering Havana and idly reflecting, his amorous entanglements and political ambivalence gradually giving way to a mounting sense of alienation. With this adaptation of an innovative novel by Edmundo Desnoes, Gutiérrez Alea developed a cinematic style as radical as the times he was chronicling, creating a collage of vivid impressions through the use of experimental editing techniques, archival material, and spontaneously shot street scenes. Appearing on the fiftieth anniversary of its release in a stunning new 4K restoration, Memories stands as a biting indictment of its protagonist’s disengagement, and an extraordinary glimpse of life in postrevolutionary Havana.

“Alternating between immediacy and reflection, fantasy and honesty, lyricism and horror, Memories of Underdevelopment feels like it’s being created before our very eyes.” – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

“This audacious, sensual portrait of an alienated intellectual in the early days of Castro’s Cuba, released in 1968, is one of the great movies of its era.” – Michael Sragow, New Yorker

“A stirring blend of narrative fiction, still photography and rare documentary footage.” – Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine


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Friday 3/9
at 5:30 7:30 PM
Saturday 3/10
at 3:30 5:30 7:30 PM
Sunday 3/11
at 3:30 5:30 7:30 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats here.