When Memories of Underdevelopment was finally released in the United States in 1973, no one expected such a film to come out of Castro’s Cuba: a sharp, funny, pro-revolutionary period piece (set in 1961, right after the Bay of Pigs) with a disaffected intellectual hero (Sergio Corrieri) who, as, former New York Times film critic Vincent Canby wrote, “moves through Havana as if he were a scuba diver exploring the ruins of a civilization he abhorred but cannot bear to leave.”

“It’s possibly one of the most eye-opening films I can ever recommend to anyone because it gives you a glimpse on an internal struggle.” —actor Gael Garcia Bernal

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Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC). Restoration funded by The George Lucas Family Foundation and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project.

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Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Spanish with English subtitles
Running Time
97 minutes
Digital, B/W