Two of the greatest Cuban films of all time – Memories of Underdevelopment and Lucía – were made fifty years ago and both have been restored for their anniversary by the Cineteca di Bologna and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. Lucía is director Humberto Solás’ magnum opus, a sprawling historical triptych featuring women (who share the same first name) at a time of significant change on the island. At the time of the film’s making, Solás was a twenty-six-year-old who embraced Visconti’s flair for melodrama endowing it with sabor cubano
In the 1890s an aristocratic Lucía (Raquel Revuelta) is scorned by her lover during the war of independence from Spain. In the 1930s, Lucía (Eslinda Núñez) flees her middle-class family and takes off with a revolutionary seeking to overthrow dictator Gerardo Machado. Finally in the 1960s, Lucía (Adela Legra) is a young field-worker challenging her machista husband.
Cuba, 1968, 160 min, Dir. Humberto Solás, Not Rated, Spanish with English subtitles
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