Thursday, October 7
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium : 6:30pm
La última cena / The Last Supper (Dir. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1968)
Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano extends a very cordial invitation to enjoy one of the masterpieces of the Latinamerican Cinema. This one you should not miss.
"The time is the late 18th century Holy Week—and the place—a huge, isolated Cuban sugar plantation owned by a Spanish count from Havana who appears to represent the best of the ruling aristocracy. The Count is middle-aged and has the gaunt look of someone who suffers spiritually, as well as from intestinal disorders. He does not take lightly the responsibilities of power. He is as much concerned for the souls of his slaves as he is for their physical fitness. When his overseer, a brutishly practical man named Manuel, punishes a returned runaway by slicing off the slave's ear, the Count feels the victim's pain. The Count doesn't question the system, of course. Instead, he devotes himself to making it work. To this end he invites 12 slaves, picked at random, to join him for dinner on Maundy Thursday, in effect to re-enact the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples the night before his crucifixion. "The Last Supper," a Cuban film by Tomas Gutierrez Alea,[...], is a fine, cool, almost detached political parable told entirely in religious terms. In this way it recalls the kind of contradictions that made "Memories of Underdevelopment" so fascinating, and that are, for Mr. Alea, virtually a stylistic method."
From: 'The Last Supper,' A Parable From Cuba: Politics and Religion, by VINCENT CANBY at New York Time Film Review
Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano Fall 2010 Film Series
Cuban Eyes/ Cubanize:
Fifty Years of Cuban Cinema since the Cuban Revolution
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Most films will be presented on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
As usual, we will give a short introduction of the film and after the presentation you are welcome to stay for a discussion.
Some films are adult in nature and may not be appropriate for young audiences.