Tribute to Tomás Gutiérrez Alea

Restoring Titón: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s Classics Remastered


Generally regarded as Cuba’s foremost filmmaker, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (1928-1996) first rose to prominence with Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) and later found a wider international audience with Strawberry and Chocolate-the first and only Cuban film nominated for an Oscar in 1994. Influenced by Italian neorealism and an early love of cinema, Gutiérrez Alea’s work created a sharp post-revolutionary Cuba analysis. Commenting on his style, Gutiérrez called himself “a man who makes criticism inside the revolution, who wants to ameliorate the process, to perfect it, but not to destroy it.”

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Generalmente aclamado como el cineasta cubano más prominente, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (1928-1996) afirmó su reputación con Memorias del subdesarrollo (1968), y luego alcanzó fama internacional con Fresa y chocolate al volverse la primera y única película cubana nominada al Oscar en 1994. Influenciado por el neorrealismo italiano y un temprano amor al cine, las obras de Gutiérrez Alea crearon un agudo análisis posrevolucionario de Cuba. Comentando sobre su estilo, Gutiérrez se llamó a sí mismo “un hombre que hace críticas dentro de la revolución, que quiere mejorar el proceso, perfeccionarlo, pero no destruirlo”.

DATES & SCREENINGS

HFFNY is proud to honor the acclaimed director’s 90th birthday year with screenings of three of his films, digitally restored and re-mastered by the Cinemateca de Cuba and the Academy Film Archive: