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Lucía

A beautifully restored cinematic tour de force from Humberto Solás, the enfant terrible of Cuban cinema in the 1960s.

Credits

Dir Humberto Solás
Prod Raúl Canosa, Camilo Vives
Scr Humberto Solás, Julio Garcia Espinosa, Nelson Rodríguez
With Raquel Revuelta, Eslinda Nuñez, Adela Legrá
Cuba
1968
160min
ProCo ICAIC

Probably the finest film to emerge from 1960s Cuba, Solás’ immensely powerful triptych depicts key stages in the country’s struggle for liberation. The film employs different visual styles for the eras the three Lucías live in. In the 1890s, a discontented Lucía neglects her husband and becomes involved in the nationalist war against Spain, taking up with a young revolutionary. In the 1930s, Lucía is a divorced mother helping to overthrow a corrupt Cuban dictator. Finally, in the 1960s, Lucía is a young field-worker who stands up to her oppressive and insanely jealous husband. This invigoratingly feminist trilogy was markedly ahead of its time. Driven by Solás’ narrative genius and stylistic virtuosity, Lucía fuses personal and political oppressions during a period of extraordinary revolutionary upheaval.

Julie Pearce

Additional information

Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC). Restoration funded by Turner Classic Movies and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. Special thanks to Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv and the BFI National Archive.

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