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Friday, August 24, 2018
LUCÍA 50th Anniversary of Humberto Solás's Electrifying Historical Epic in New Restoration at the Metrograph September 28-October 4
"A masterpiece." - The Independent (UK)
““One of the few films, Left or Right, to deal with women on the same plane and in the same breath as major historical events." – Molly Haskell
Beginning Friday September 28, Metrograph will present the 50th anniversary of Lucía, in a new restoration. The electrifying debut from Cuban virtuoso Humberto Solás is a triptych of stories, each devoted to a woman named Lucía, and each set in a different period, showcasing a different stylistic approach in exploring the (slowly) changing role of women in society. “Lucía 1895” is a wrenching costume drama inspired by Visconti; “Lucía 1933,” starring Memories of Underdevelopment’s Eslinda Núñez, approximates the polish of Hollywood melodrama; while the New Wave-inflected “Lucía 196_” find Adela Legrá, full of the new revolutionary spirit, bucking back against her oppressive husband. A historical epic that forefronts the too-often-overlooked female experience, given a sensorial immediacy through Jorge Herrera’s lustrous black-and-white cinematography.
Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográ cos (ICAIC). Restoration funded by Turner Classic Movies and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. Special thanks to Bundesarchiv.