CUBA: GOLDEN 60s (En Español)
BAMcinématek

 

March 20-31

In the wake of the Cuban revolution of 1959, Cuba experienced a cinematic golden age. Aided by the state-sponsored Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), filmmakers unleashed a stream of formally radical works that crossed New Wave-inspired stylistic experimentation with politically charged subject matter. These vital transmissions from a country in transition are revolutionary in every sense of the word.

This series is presented as part of the Cuban Culture Festival New York, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC). Co-presented with the Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY).

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LUCIA
Humberto Solás | 1968 | Cuba | Drama | 160min | 35mm
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 – 8PM | Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
Three eras of Cuban history—the 1890s, 1930s, and 1960s—are depicted via the stories of three different women, all strong-willed heroines named Lucía, who rise up against various forms of subjugation. Employing a distinct style for each episode, this trailblazing feminist manifesto is “easily the finest film to come out of Cuba in the 60s… Way ahead of its time in linking sexual and political oppression” (Time Out London).
GENERAL ADMISSION: $14
CINEMA CLUB MEMBERS: $9 (Movie Moguls free)
SENIORS/STUDENTS/VETERANS: $10 (Students 29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)

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MEMORIAS DEL SUBDESARROLLO
Memories of Underdevelopment
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | 1968 | Cuba | Drama | 97min | 35mm
Sat, Mar 21, 2015 – 6:45PM 9:15PM | Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
The first post-revolution Cuban film to gain international acclaim is a breathlessly inventive portrait of an alienated bourgeois intellectual (Corrieri) coming to terms with life under Communism—as those around him flee and the missile crisis hovers tensely in the background. Cannily employing montage, still photos, and documentary footage, this stylistic tour-de-force espouses a surprisingly ambivalent attitude toward the changes wrought by the revolution.
GENERAL ADMISSION: $14
CINEMA CLUB MEMBERS: $9 (Movie Moguls free)
SENIORS/STUDENTS/VETERANS: $10 (Students 29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)

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LA MUERTE DE UN BUROCRATA
Death of a Bureaucrat
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | 1966 | Cuba | Drama | 85min | Digital
Sun, Mar 22, 2015 – 2PM 4:30PM 7PM 9:30PM | Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
When a deceased factory worker is buried along with his union card, his family—in need of the document so that his widow can collect the pension she’s due—must contend with endless bureaucratic red-tape to have the body exhumed. Marrying Buñuel-style surrealism with nods to 1920s silent comedy, this uproarious absurdist farce is a daring satire of governmental inefficiency.
GENERAL ADMISSION: $14
CINEMA CLUB MEMBERS: $9 (Movie Moguls free)
SENIORS/STUDENTS/VETERANS: $10 (Students 29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)

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SANTIAGO ALVAREZ SHORTS PROGRAM
Mon, Mar 23, 2015 – 8PM | Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
NOW | 1965 | Cuba | Documentary | 5min
This agitprop Molotov cocktail sets newsreel footage from the American civil rights movement to Lena Horne’s banned protest song “Now.” The result is a radical call to arms in which even the title is spelled out in bullet holes.
LBJ | 1968 | Cuba | Documentary | 18min
Alvarez’s senses-shattering cinematic collage is an incendiary mash-up of found footage that links the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., Bobby Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy to the rise of Lyndon B. Johnson.
GENERAL ADMISSION: $14
CINEMA CLUB MEMBERS: $9 (Movie Moguls free)
SENIORS/STUDENTS/VETERANS: $10 (Students 29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)

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SOY CUBA
I Am Cuba
Mikhail Kalatozov | 1964 | Cuba | Drama | 141min | 35mm
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 – 8PM | Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
This retina-dazzling agitprop masterwork is Soviet filmmaker Mikhail Kalatozov’s delirious dream vision of the Cuban revolution, in which the Felliniesque decadence of Batista-era Havana gives way to the explosion of Castro’s guerrilla uprising. A head-spinning mix of Constructivist aesthetics and sensuous photography, I Am Cuba pulses with “some of the most exhilarating camera movements and most luscious black-and-white cinematography you’ll ever see” (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader).
GENERAL ADMISSION: $14
CINEMA CLUB MEMBERS: $9 (Movie Moguls free)
SENIORS/STUDENTS/VETERANS: $10 (Students 29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)

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LAS AVENTURAS DE JUAN QUIN QUIN
The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin
Julio García Espinosa | 1967 | Cuba | Drama | 112min | 16mm
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 – 7PM 9:30PM | Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
This infectiously picaresque parody chronicles the comic escapades of Juan Quin Quin (Martínez) as he goes from altar boy to farmer to bullfighter to revolutionary in pre-Castro Cuba. Laced with playful reflexive touches—spoofs of every movie genre imaginable, cartoon thought bubbles over characters’ heads, tongue-in-cheek intertitles—this breezy, comic book-style adventure was the most popular Cuban film of its era.
GENERAL ADMISSION: $14
CINEMA CLUB MEMBERS: $9 (Movie Moguls free)
SENIORS/STUDENTS/VETERANS: $10 (Students 29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)

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LA PRIMERA CARGA AL MACHETE
The First Charge of the Machete
Manuel Octavio Gómez | 1969 | Cuba | Drama | 112min | 16mm
Tue, Mar 31, 2015 – 7PM 9:30PM | Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
Cuban farmers turn their machetes against Spanish colonialists in this highly experimental recreation of an 1868 battle for independence. Told in a gritty, cinéma vérité style, The First Charge of the Machete uses swirling handheld camerawork, authentically aged-looking, high-contrast black and white photography, and pseudo-documentary interviews with participants to create the impression of an artifact unearthed.
GENERAL ADMISSION: $14
CINEMA CLUB MEMBERS: $9 (Movie Moguls free)
SENIORS/STUDENTS/VETERANS: $10 (Students 29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)