Memories of Underdevelopment

(Memorias del subdesarrollo)

Digital Restoration

  • Introduction

    Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is the author of Island People: The Caribbean and the World and the coeditor of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. He earned his PhD in geography at UC Berkeley and is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU.


Sergio Corrieri, Daisy Granados, Eslinda Núñez, Omar Valdés,

The Cuban cinema reached full maturity with this classic study of a bourgeois writer who stays in Cuba after the revolution, despite his alienation from the new society and the loss of all his friends to Miami. Based on novelist/screenwriter Edmundo Desnoes’s autobiographical Inconsolable Memories, Memories of Underdevelopment became the first feature-length film from post-revolutionary Cuba to be released in the United States, to high acclaim. Peter Schjeldahl in the New York Times called it “a profound, noble film . . . beautifully understated, sophisticated and cosmopolitan in style, fascinating in its subtlety and complexity.”


  • Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
  • Edmundo Desnoes
Based On
  • Inconsolable Memories by Edmundo Desnoes

  • Ramón Suárez
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 97 mins
  • Janus Films