Cuba -- Intellectual life -- 20th century -- Drama, Cuba -- Social life and customs -- 1959- -- Drama, Desnoes, Edmundo, 1930- Memorias del subdesarrollo -- Film and video adaptations

Memories of Underdevelopment

(Memorias del subdesarrollo)
(Inconsolable memories), (Historias del subdesarrollo)

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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 postrevolutionary 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

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Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, 1998

Memorias del subdesarrollo -- Memories of underdevelopment (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, 1994

Memories of underdevelopment (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1989

Memories of underdevelopment -- Memorias del subdesarrollo (program note), Denver International Film Festival, 1988

The films of Tomas Gutierrez Alea (program note), Sheldon Film Theater, Julianne Burton, 1980

Memories of underdevelopment (Memorias del subdesarollo) (program note), Los Angeles International Film Exposition, 1976

On screen: [Memories of underdevelopment] (review), New Leader, John Ivan Simon, 1973

[Memories of underdevelopment] (review), New York Magazine, Judith Crist, 1973

Cuban 'Memories' you won't soon forget (review), Peter Schjeldahl, 1973

'Memories of underdevelopment' (review), Women's Wear Daily, Daphne Davis, 1973

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