Memories of Underdevelopment
Memories of Underdevelopment (1973)

The first Cuban film made after Fidel Castro's revolution to receive widespread distribution (and acclaim) in the United States, Memories of Underdevelopment is not exactly a broad endorsement of Castro's new Cuba. Its protagonist,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 17, 1973
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Sragow
New Yorker

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Here is a film about alienation that is wise, sad and often funny, and that never slips into the bored and boring attitudes that wreck Antonioni's later films.

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TV Guide

While Memories is a landmark film that deserves wide exposure, its overriding concerns about intellectualism and class-consciousness -- or, perhaps, class self-consciousness -- feel dated.

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Michael Joshua Rowin
L.A. Weekly

The eventual worldwide recognition of Underdevelopment as one of Cuba's finest films speaks as much for the frozen moment it captures as for its unimpeachable quality.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

A thoroughly mature and original creation.

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Total Film

If you're expecting a stodge of Marxist propaganda, you'll be pleasantly surprised: director Tomas Gutierrez Alea orchestrates a vibrant black-and-white collage of fictional sequences, still photos and documentary footage.

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Rod McShane
Time Out

Alea proceeds with dazzling and highly accomplished technique towards a perceptive and witty analysis.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Though inevitably committed to Castro and the revolution, it's the most valuable account we have of this crucial period of Cuban history.

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Peter Bradshaw

This transfixing movie, with its mix of freewheeling dialogue scenes, still photo images and documentary footage, conjures up the uncertain mood of Havana just after the revolution.

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Pierluigi Puccini
Inspired by French nouvelle vague and Italian neorealism, Gutierrez Alea tells a picaresque and penetrating character study of a Cuban bourgeois trying to find… More