November 2013

imagesIn an effort to give us more time to talk through issues rather than rush through them, we have altered the syllabus so we will be analyzing and viewing fewer films than we anticipated.



November 5

film:  Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomas Gutiérrez Alea) 1968.

The movie is on reserve in Davis and here is a bootleg version:

Allison Arnold Helminski, “Memories of a Revolutionary CinemaSenses of Cinema 2 (2000).

Julianne Burton.  “Revolutionary Cuban Cinema.”  Jump Cut 19 (1978): 17-20.

Supplementary Reading:

Margot Kernan.  “Cuban Cinema: Tomas Gutierrez Alea.”  Film Quarterly 29, no. 2 (1975): 45-52.


November 7

Catherine Benamou.  “Cuban Cinema: On the Threshold of Gender.”  Frontiers 15, no. 1 (1994): 51-75.

Tomas Gutierrez Alea.  “I Wasn’t Always a Filmmaker.”  Cineaste 14, no. 1 (1985): 36-38.

Julia Lesage.  Memories of Underdevelopment.

Supplementary Reading:

Amit Thakkar.  “Structural Violence, Masculinities and the Hunting Motif in Tomas Gutierrez Alea’s Memorias del subdesarrollo.”  The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 87, no. 6 (2010): 7-5-723.

David Wood.  “Tomas Gutierrez Alea and the Art of Revolutionary Cinema.”  Bulletin of Latin American Research 28, no. 4 (2009): 523-526.

Michael Channan.  “We are Losing All Our Values: An Interview with Tomas Gutierrez Alea.”  boundary 2 29, no.3 (2002): 47-53.

Narciso Hidalgo.  “On Cuban Film: A Brief History in Four Easy Lessons.” Hopscotch 2, no. 4 (2001): 108-115.











November 12

We will continue to discuss Alea’s Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) but we will also start to move to the next film, which addresses Francophone questions of decolonization.

film: Black Girl (Ousmane Sembene) 1966.



Marsha Landy, “Politics and Style in Black Girl.Jump Cut 27 (1982): 23-25.

Jared Rapfogel and Richard Porton. “The Power of Female Solidarity: An Interview with Ousmane Sembene.”  Cineaste  30, no. 1 (2004): 20-25.

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Robert Mortimer.  “Ousmane Sembene and The Cinema of Decolonization.”  African Arts 5 no. 3 (1972): 26-54.

A. O. Scott.  “In Memoriam: Ousmane Sembene.”  The Black Scholar 37, no. 2 (2007): 64-65.

Lieve Spass.  “Female Domestic Labor and Third World Politics in La Noire de …”  Jump Cut 27 (1982): 26-27.

November 18

Lecture: William Marotti, “Money, Trains and Guillotines” RAJ  Conference Room  4:30


November 19  Axinn 103

Guest lecture: William Marotti (UCLA)  with lunch, beginning at 1:00 pm.

Marotti, “Japan 1968: The Performance of Violence and the The Theater of Protest” (AHR Forum, 2009) ER

Supplementary: William Marotti.  “Creative Destruction.”  Art Forum 51, no. 6 (2013): 193-196.



November 21

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Film: The Woman in the Dunes (dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964)

We will view portions and discuss.  View as much of the film as possible in preparation for class.

Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino.  “Towards a Third Cinema.”

Judith Shatnoff.  “Woman in the Dunes.”  Film Quarterly 18, no. 2 (1964): 43-45.


November 26

No class.

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