Lucia - DVD

Lucía

Country: Cuba
Release Date: 1968
Genre(s): Drama
Director: Humberto Solás
Cast: Raquel Revuelta, Eslinda Núñez, Adela Legrá, Teté Vergara ...
Awards: Moscow International Film Festival: Golden Prize

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Lucía

Lucia - sceneLucía is a 1968 Cuban black-and-white film directed by Humberto Solás, and written by Julio García Espinosa and Nelson Rodríguez. It was the winner of the Golden Prize at the 1969 Moscow International Film Festival.

Robert Phillip Kolker has called Humberto Solás’s Lucia “something of an encyclopedia of progressive film in the sixties” (The Altering Eye – Contemporary International Cinema – Robert Kolker – 1983)


Plot

The film is a period piece, told in three stories in different moments of Cuban history: 1895 Cuban war of independence (with Spain), the 1930′s (Machado’s fall), and the 1960′s (beginning of the Cuban Revolution). Each story is told as seen through the eyes of a different woman, each named Lucía. They are women from three different classes: the first is upper class, the second is from the middle class, the third is working class.

The first story takes place in 1895: Lucia #1 (Raquel Revlizita) becomes involved in the war against Spain – and incidentally, with a handsome young insurgent who turns out to have a sinister side.

The second story happens in 1933: Lucia #2 (Eslina Nunez), a single mother, aids in overthrowing the dictatorial Geraldo Machado.

The third story is set somewhat indeterminately during Castro’s regime. Our third Lucia (Adela Legra) is, like her predecessors, a free-thinker and a rebel, who finally stands up to her particular oppressor: her loutish husband.


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Data Sheet

Directed by: Humberto Solás
Written by: Julio García Espinosa and Nelson Rodríguez
Cast: Raquel Revuelta, Eslinda Núñez, Adela Legrá, Teté Vergara
Release date: 1968
Running time: 160 mins.
Country: Cuba
Language: Spanish

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A film about three women that all share the same name
“Lucia” is a Cuban film about three women that all share the same name. They live in different time periods but they share some a few things in common. All of the stories are essentially love stories but not the type that could be considered a storybook romance with the happy ending. With each story, the class Lucia belongs in decreases, with the first Lucia being in the upper class to the final Lucia being in the working class. Also, revolutionaries affect all of the women and we learn a bit about Cuban history along the way.

The first story, and my favorite one, takes place in 1865. The revolution is against Spain and our Lucia wants to meet the man of her dreams but he turns out to have a sinister side. I thought this one had it all — as there was romance, intrigue, and action, all the while being beautiful, tragic and intense. There are also a few surprises that keep me in suspense.

The second story takes place in 1932 and of course is about revolutionaries. This time Lucia has a boy friend that is part of a group of adamant revolutionaries. This story was my least favorite of the three and I thought the point was to show that even when revolutionaries win the war, things could all go back to being just like they were very easily. It is possible that this story was just setting up that message for the final story.

The last story is set in the 1960s. The revolution is over and Lucia will be faced with a challenge that may not be new but one that is less socially acceptable at this point in history. Lucia meets a man and gets married but he ends up being overly protective and controlling. Lucia is locked up in her own home and her husband doesnâ(tm)t want her to have any guests when he isnâ(tm)t there to supervise, including her own mother. Oil is thrown into the fire when a young man is sent to their home to teach Lucia to read.

Although this movie has three distinct stories because the stories merge into a common theme and it runs over two and a half hours in length it has the feeling of an epic. There are many messages in this film but the one that stands out is that it shows as much as things change with time, some things stay exactly the same (we see women gossiping in 1865 and in the 1960s their chatter is no different). I would say “Lucia” is a movie that could easy fit the description of masterpiece.

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Lucía is a 1968 Cuban black-and-white film directed by Humberto Solás, and written by Julio García Espinosa and Nelson Rodríguez. It was the winner of the Golden Prize at the 1969 Moscow International Film Festival. Robert Phillip Kolker has called Humberto Solás’s Lucia “something of an encyclopedia of progressive...
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