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LUCIA (1968) - Third Cinema #3


Beloved in Cuba and internationally acclaimed, winning a Gold Medal at the 1969 Moscow Film Festival, Lucia is an epic narrative of Cuba's 100 year struggle, told in three parts through three distinct genres – tragedy, melodrama, and comedy, each episode following a different woman named Lucía, each from a different class.

The first Lucía is a member of the late 19th century's landed aristocracy, the second, during the abortive 1930s revolution which led to the overthrow of Machado, is middle class, while the third, is a rural peasant and member of an agricultural collective in the 1960s.

The most expensive film made in Cuba during the 1960s, with stunning cinematography from Jorge Herrera and a score by Leo Brouwer, Lucia created a new genre of historical melodrama in Cuban cinema and was director Humberto Solas' greatest success.

Deptford Cinema will be screening a classic of Third Cinema once a month. This strand will feature titles made by developing and postcolonial nations in Africa, Asia and Latin America in the 1960s and 70s. A cinema movement that addressed issues of race, class, ethnicity, religion, history and identity while challenging dominant aesthetics, Third Cinema produced some of the most culturally signficant, politically nuanced and frequently studied films of the period.

  • dir. Humberto Solas

  • year. 1968

  • country. Cuba

  • run-time. 159mins

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Doors 7PM

Film 7.30PM

A tour de force
— The Guardian
Solas’ powerful triptych depicts three stages in his country’s - and his countrywomen’s - struggle for liberation... The film was way ahead of its time in linking sexual and political oppression
— Time Out
Remarkable for the dialectical complexity of its narratives and the virtuosity of its three different visual styles
— E Jump Cut
The best discussion of equality (and inequality) I’ve seen on screen
— New York Times
One of the few films, Left or Right, to deal with women on the same plane and in the same breath as major historical events
— Molly Haskell
A masterpiece
— The Independent