Cuban Cinema


Three classics of Cuban Cinema will screen at MFAH:

Memorias del subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment), 1968
When finally released here in 1973, no one expected such a film 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.”

Fresa y chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate), 1993
A macho but naive and inexperienced youth who believes passionately in Communism and the Cuban Revolution, finds his values undergoing an unexpected transformation after being befriended by a cultured young gay man who is an ardent critic of the Castro regime. 

Lucía, 1968
This three-part feature melds Cuban revolutionary fervor with feminist and social politics and was the film that catapulted world famous director Humberto Solás into the international spotlight. The film traces episodes in the lives of three Cuban women, each named Lucía, from three different historical periods: around 1900 during the Cuban war of independence with Spain, the 1930s, and the 1960s.

Houston: April 15 - 23 at Museum of Fine Arts Houston.