The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, March 18-24

03/18/2015 9:00 AM |

lucia

Lucía (1968)
Directed by Humberto Solás
Hailed as a masterwork from revolutionary Cuba’s concerted, first decade, Lucía is not without its share of that era’s political sincerities, though not so much so that this feminist firestarter isn’t versatile and perceptive, or even comic when it wants to. Solás’s ambitious film shuttles across three moments of Cuban history—the 1890s, 1930s, and 1960s—each period starring its own, unique Lucía (Raquel Revuelta, Eslinda Núñez, Adela Legrá). On one hand, the trio function as allegories for a Cuban society neglected and abused by capitalism, colonialism, and patriarchy; on another, they’re a subtle study of personhood and class. That they’re both is a testament to Solas as a filmmaker of farseeing vision, firing away at the specter of political as well as sexual subjugation. Jeremy Polacek (Mar 20, 8pm at BAM’s “Cuba: Golden 60s”)