Red Desert, Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964

Thursday, 11 February 2010

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Ticket/entry details: Open to all Courtauld students

Organised by: Dr Stephanie Schwartz

Further information: In conjunction with the BA Special Option course “Art and Revolution: Cuban Art Since 1959,” the Research Forum presents Cine Cubano—a six-film series on and about the Cuban revolution. Opening with Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s Memories of Underdevelopment (1968), a film that defined the revolution for a generation of moviegoers both on and off the island, Cine Cubano moves between Michelangelo Antonio’s Red Desert (1964), Chris Marker’s A Grin Without A Cat (1977), and Melvin Van Peeble’s Sweet Sweetback’s Badass Song (1971) to trace both the reach and ramifications of revolutionary cinema in the 1960s and 1970s. In these films, Cuba’s revolution becomes conversant with the civil rights movement in the United States, terror or the “red scare,” and the rise of the New Left. The series closes with two films that return to Cuba’s national context: Leon Ichaso and Orlando Jiménez-Leal’s El Super (1979) and Juan Carlos Tabío’s The Waiting List (2000). The former takes up the conditions of exile from the perspective of those who left the island in the 1960s; the latter explores the conditions of many Cuban nationals who remained—esperar, to wait or hope for change.

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