Classic Movie Hub (CMH)

Memories of Underdevelopment

From January 12, 2018 (Friday)
To January 18, 2018 (Thursday)
Film Forum
209 West Houston St.
New York City, New York 10014 (US)
Phone: 212-727-8110

Event Details

Friday, January 12th: 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm

Saturday, January 13th: 12:30pm, 2:40pm, 4:50pm, 7:00pm, 9:10pm

Sunday, January 14th: 1:40pm, 3:40pm, 5:40pm, 7:40pm, 9:40pm

Monday, January 15th: 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:20pm

Tuesday, January 16th: 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:20pm

Wednesday, January 17th: 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:20pm

Thursday, January 18th: 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:20pm

1968, 104 minutes, Directed by Tomas Gutierrez Alea

Post-Bay of Pigs Havana, as bourgeois, would-be writer Sergio Corrieri sees off his parents (they embrace) and wife (they don't).  Later, his seeming best friend emigrates, too, only after a long harangue. He attempts to write, observes the city through a telescope from his très 60s apartment balcony, and wanders through the streets, book stores, and art galleries, always aware of glances from women, fantasizing about his cleaning lady - then seducing Rita Moreno-ish Daisy Granados' nervous/passionate working class teen. He watches a reel of sexy scenes cut from Hollywood movies by Batista-era censors and attends a literary round table with the likes of Edmundo Desnoes (author of the original novel) and Jack Gelber (author of The Connection). We finally find out how he lives during an evaluation of his apartment by seeming commisars.  He sweats his way through an embarrassing trial, and listens to a vintage Castro rant during the Missile Crisis. All filtered through brooding voice-overs, newsreels, and hidden camera treks through the city; a character study of a post-revolution desengagee through the techniques of the New Wave and Antonioni.

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