Bildner Center: New Cuban Cinema—55 Years of a Shared Dream

Historias de la revolucion

The Bildner Center announces “New Cuban Cinema—55 Years of a Shared Dream.” This event features the screening of three films followed by a conversation between Luciano Castillo (Director of Cuban Film Archives) and Professor Jerry Carlson (Bildner Center Senior Fellow). This event is a collaborative effort by the Bildner Center and the Havana Film Festival [see previous post 15th Havana Film Festival New York] and forms part of the Bildner Center’s Cuban Music and Arts Initiative. The event takes place on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:00pm, The Graduate Center, Room C204/05.

Films to be screened (all of which are subtitled in English) are:

El Cowboy [Dir. Jesús de Armas|Cuba|1962|Animation|8min] A short animation that satirizes American Western films.

Now! [Dir. Santiago Alvarez|Cuba|1965|Experimental|6min] One of Álvarez’s most famous works, Now! discusses racial discrimination in the USA and includes mixed news photographs and musical clips featuring singer/actress Lena Horne.

Historias de la Revolución [Dir. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Cuba | 1960 | Fiction | 81min] The first feature film after the Revolution was Gutiérrez Alea’s directorial debut, which reenacts three important episodes of the armed struggle. One of his least-known works, it depicts three stories about the fight against Batista’s dictatorship in 1950s Cuba: “El herido,” “Rebeldes,” and “La batalla de Santa Clara.”

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[Photo from Historias de la Revolución]

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