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Socio-critical Aspects in Latin American Cinema(s)

Themes – Countries – Directors – Reviews


Edited By Isabel Maurer Queipo

This anthology provides an insight into Latin American sociocultural life and history as expressed by the medium of film. After an overview about the Socio-political Cinema in Latin America, the subsequent articles spotlight socio-historical and cinematic topics such as Film and History, Guerilla Filmmaking and Indigenous Cinema. The following essays aim at presenting paradigmatically selected nations with their rich and turbulent histories and at providing the opportunity for more detailed discussion of some of the fascinating Latin American film-makers. Finally, various reviews of mainly contemporary films focusing on socio-critical aspects complete this volume.


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s Tomás Gutiérrez Alea: Memories of underdevelopment/Memorias del subdesarrollo, 1968 [Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach] Original Title: Memorias del subdesarrollo Country of Origin: Cuba Language: Spanish Studio: Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC) Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea Producer(s): Miguel Mendoza Screenwriter: Edmundo Desnoes Composer: Leo Brouwer Art Director: Julio Matilla Cinematographer: Ramón F. Suárez Editor: Nelson Rodríguez Runtime: 97 minutes Starring: Sergio Corrieri, Daisy Granados, Eslinda Núñez, Beatriz Ponchova, Gilda Hernández, Omar Valdés, René de la Cruz, Yolanda Farr Year: 1968 Sergio (Sergio Corrieri) is a wealthy member of the upper-middle class who lives in Havana (Cuba) from the proceeds of his rental properties. It is 1961, after Fidel Castro’s revolution, his ascent to power and the incidents of Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs). Sergio takes his wife and parents to the airport, since they are fleeing to the United States like many other wealthy Cubans who want to es- cape the revolution. Sergio is unsure about his future but decides to stay. He re- minisces about his life, including his failed marriage to Laura (Eslinda Núñez) and his relationship with his maid, Noemí (Beatriz Ponchora). He meets Elena (Daisy Granados), an attractive younger woman who is an aspiring actress. He tries to introduce her to the higher European culture, but she is not interested. He leaves Elena but has to face a lawsuit from her and her family, who claim that she was misled and...

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