In conjunction with the course Cinematic Cities, being taught by Patricia Keller (Romance Studies/Comparative Literature) and Cecelia Lawless (Romance Studies), Cornell Cinema presents three Spanish language gems, set in Havana, New York and Mexico City respectively, and filmed in glorious black and white.
From the course description:
“Beginning in the early days of silent cinema, a rich tradition of what are called ‘city films,’ combine technological innovation with the exploration of specific urban spaces. Students in this class will learn how to think about the possibilities and limits of cinema as a way of ‘knowing’ a city and its cultures, including linguistic cultures.”
The series begins with a new digital restoration of Tomas Gutierrez Alea’s Memories of Underdevelopment, a benchmark in New Latin cinema, and the first post-revolution Cuban film to make it to overseas audiences. David Riker’s La Ciudad was also recently made available in a digital restoration, which highlights its exquisite black and white cinematography in a film that recalls the best of Italian neo-realism. Alonso Ruiz Palacios’s Güeros is a deadpan comedy set in late-90s Mexico City during the National University strike, and it won five Ariel Awards (Mexico’s Academy Awards).
Cosponsored with the Dept of Romance Studies.