Seeing Cuba: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s Memories of Underdevelopment


  • Robert J. Cardullo University of Michigan


Palabras clave:

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Memorias del Subdesarrollo, Cine cubano, Edmundo Desnoes, Recuerdos inconsolables, drama documental


Este ensayo reconsidera los Recuerdos del subdesarrollo de Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, no solo a la luz de la carrera de su director y la novela fuente de la cual se adaptó la imagen (Recuerdos inconsolables de Edmundo Desnoes), sino también a la luz de lo histórico, social, político y cultural contexto que produjo esta película cubana.

Biografía del autor/a

Robert J. Cardullo, University of Michigan

The author of many essays and articles over the years, R. J. CARDULLO has had his work appear in such journals as the Yale Review, Film Quarterly, Modern Drama, and Cinema Journal. For twenty years, from 1987 to 2007, he was the regular film critic for the Hudson Review in New York. Cardullo is the author or editor of a number of books, including Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1890-1950, Playing to the Camera: Film Actors Discuss Their Craft, Soundings on Cinema: Speaking to Film and Film Artists, and In Search of Cinema: Writings on International Film Art. He is also the chief American translator of the film criticism of the Frenchman André Bazin, with several volumes to his credit, among them Bazin at Work: Major Essays and Reviews from the ’40s and ’50s and André Bazin and Italian Neorealism.
Cardullo’s own film and drama criticism has been translated into the following languages: Russian, German, Chinese, Turkish, Spanish, Korean, and Romanian. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale University, another master’s degree from Tulane, and a B.A. from the University of Florida. Cardullo taught for four decades at the University of Michigan, Colgate, and New York University, as well as in Finland, Turkey, and Kurdistan.