MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT
Directed and Screenplay by
TOMAS GUTIERREZ ALEA
This is a work of considerable accomplishment and historic importance: the first Cuban film to be shown in the U.S. since relations with Havana grew grim. Indeed, Washington spent a great deal of time deciding whether to let the movie into the country at all, and finally decided to allow it to be shown "for educational purposes."
It is difficult to see what anyone could find subversive in this intense, loosely structured narrative about the life of a middle-class intellectual in the days after the Castro revolution. The movie is complex, intelligent and...