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Tomás Gutiérrez Alea  (December 11, 1928 – April 16, 1996) was a Cuban filmmaker. He wrote and directed more than 20 features, documentaries, and short films, which are known for his sharp insight into post-Revolutionary Cuba, and possess a delicate balance between dedication to the revolution and criticism of the social, economic, and political conditions of the country. Gutiérrez's work is representative of a cinematic movement occurring in the 1960s and 1970s known collectively as the New Latin American Cinema. This collective movement, also referred to by various writers by specific names such as “Third Cinema”, “Cine Libre”, and “Imperfect Cinema,” was concerned largely with the problems of neocolonialism and cultural identity. The movement rejected both the commercial perfection of the Hollywood style, and the auteur-oriented European art cinema, for a cinema created as a tool for political and social change. Due not in a small part to the filmmakers’ lack of resources, aesthetic was of secondary importance to cinema’s social function. The movement's main goal was to create films in which the viewer became an active, self-aware participant in the discourse of the film. Viewers were presented with an analysis of a current problem within society that as of that time had no clear solution, hoping to make the audience aware of the problem and to leave the theater willing to become actors of social change.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea  (December 11, 1928 – April 16, 1996) was a Cuban filmmaker. He wrote and directed more than 20 features, documentaries, and short films, which are known for his sharp insight into post-Revolutionary Cuba, and possess a delicate balance between dedication to the revolution and criticism of the social, economic, and political conditions of the country. Gutiérrez's work is representative of a cinematic movement occurring in the 1960s and 1970s known collectively as the New Latin American Cinema. This collective movement, also referred to by various writers by specific names such as “Third Cinema”, “Cine Libre”, and “Imperfect Cinema,” was concerned largely with the problems of neocolonialism and cultural identity. The movement rejected both the commercial perfection of the Hollywood style, and the auteur-oriented European art cinema, for a cinema created as a tool for political and social change. Due not in a small part to the filmmakers’ lack of resources, aesthetic was of secondary importance to cinema’s social function. The movement's main goal was to create films in which the viewer became an active, self-aware participant in the discourse of the film. Viewers were presented with an analysis of a current problem within society that as of that time had no clear solution, hoping to make the audience aware of the problem and to leave the theater willing to become actors of social change.

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Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender -

Known Credits 21

Birthday 1928-12-11

Day of Death 1996-04-16

Place of Birth Havana, Cuba

Official Site -

Also Known As

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1995 Guantanamera Director
1993 Strawberry and Chocolate Director
1989 Letters from the Park Director
1983 Up to a Certain Point Director
1979 The Survivors Director
1976 The Last Supper Director
1972 A Cuban Fight Against Demons Director
1968 Memories of Underdevelopment Director
1966 Death of a Bureaucrat Director
1964 Cumbite Director
1962 The Twelve Chairs Director
1962 Death to the Invader Director
1960 Stories of the Revolution Director
1960 General Assembly Director
1959 This Is Our Land Director
1955 El mégano Director

Writing

1995 Guantanamera Writer
1989 Letters from the Park Writer
1983 Up to a Certain Point Screenplay Story
1979 The Survivors Screenplay
1976 The Last Supper Screenplay
1975 The Other Francisco Writer
1972 A Cuban Fight Against Demons Screenplay Story
1968 Memories of Underdevelopment Writer
1966 Death of a Bureaucrat Story
1964 Cumbite Writer
1962 The Twelve Chairs Screenplay
1960 Stories of the Revolution Story Screenplay
1959 This Is Our Land Story Screenplay

Acting

2008 Titón: From Havana to Guantanamera, 1928-1996 as Interviewee (archival footage)
2005 I Am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth
2002 Rocha Que Voa

Crew

1977 One Way or Another Dramaturgy

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