Humberto Solas - Lucia (1968) - DVD

Director: Humberto Solás

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Narrated in three segments, each focused on a woman named Lucia, the film outlines the history of modern Cuba.The 1895 segment transpires in Havana’s aristocracy against the backdrop of the Spanish-American war where Lucia (Raquel Revuelta) compromises her family’s support for Cuban independence when she falls in love with a Spanish gentleman. In the 1930s, an educated middle-class Lucia (Eslinda Núñez - Memories of Underdevelopment) works in a factory while secretly engaged in a romance with an underground freedom fighter opposing the dictatorship of Gerardo Machado. In the 1960s, set in Castro’s Cuba, an illiterate peasant girl named Lucia (Adela Legrá) participates in the literacy drive aimed to spread education among the rural poor. Her self-emancipation is thwarted by her husband who, despite the revolution, remains bound by outdated notions of machismo.

Seeking what he describes as “a coherent, lucid, and dignified appreciation of our national past”, HumbertoSolás created a new genre of historical melodramas in Cuban cinema. Lucía was his greatest success, beloved in Cuba and acknowledged as a powerful achievement internationally, gaining a Gold Medal at the Moscow Film Festival of 1969.
Lucia is a unique amalgam of Soviet style montage, hand-held shots in the manner of the early New Wave, and baroque stylization that recalls Antonioni and Bertolucci --Filmreference.com
Spanning nearly 70 years of Cuban history, this extraordinary movie focuses on three generations of women whose lives reflect the society around them -- New York Times
1968 / 159 minutes / Spanish with English Subtitles / Mono audio / 1.78 : 1 Black & White / DVD PAL Multi Region / MRBDVD015

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