Memorias order to openly criticise the European and U.S.

Memorias del subderallo was a film based on the book of the same title written by Edmundo Desnoës and directed by Tomas Gutierrez Alea, a middle-class university-educated Cuban who went along with the revolution despite some of the doubts about emerging bureaucratisation displayed by the equally bourgeois protagonist of his film. It portrayed Sergio, a wealthy man who decides to stay behind when his family leaves for the US. The film centres on Sergio’s thoughts and experiences as he is confronted by the new reality and his scornfulness of his bourgeois family and friends but also of the naivety of those who believe that everything can suddenly be changed. The film also centers around the corrupt way in which the country was runing, hypocrisy of the bourgeois class and the poor treatment and conditions the lower class Cubans were living in post revolution era.Sergio, the protagonist of the story feels socially and intellectually superior. According to him, the country is underdeveloped in a permanent state rather than a progressive state. He consistently describes everything about Cuban society as underdeveloped. The women, the government including the lower class Cuban people are underdeveloped. Yet the one underdeveloped person he seems to have overlooked is himself. Sergio’s attitude towards his fellow countrymen is the ultimate display of prejudice and underdeveloped maturity. His desire to be European is so great that he ignores who he really is and to whom his loyalties should lie.Perhaps the author used Sergio as his alter ego in order to openly criticise the European and U.S. influences on Cuban life post revolution. Perhaps also he uses the women in Sergio’s life as representation of Cuba’s historical and political confusion. The narrator treats women as if they were not worthy of any respect because they are underdeveloped, yet his actions towards these women are what makes him the true champion of the underdeveloped. Although he thinks of women as intellectually and culturally underdeveloped, he uses them as a way of escaping the state of his reality. In the film Sergio’s attitude toward women, his machismo, is clearly related to the anti-revolutionary way of life. Sergio tries to mold women to fit his idea of what they should be. He rejects his bourgeois class because of according to him they are a superficial, greedy, and self-deceiving class. Yet he disdains the lower class for their enthusiasm if a better future.The film was an overall attempt of the author to reflect on the ways of society and the role government plays in the advancement and/or repression of a country. I believe that the author wrote this solely to criticise people illusions and behaviors when countered with an undesired situation. Both the author of the book, the director of the movie have similar background with the protagonist Sergio.