Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s early dark comedy, from 1966 – released two years before his better known Memories of Underdevelopment – takes aim at the role of bureaucracy in the early years of Castro’s revolutionary Cuba. The film was wildly popular in Cuban theaters, but, reportedly, because of its bitter mockery of key elements in Cuba’s emerging socialist society, Alea had to have the film smuggled out of Cuba for its release in the US. A satiric comment on contemporary Cuban society, it is also a film deeply attuned to the history of the cinema, with references to and echoes of Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, and Buñuel, among others, all cited in the opening credits. Death of a Bureaucrat is as pro-cinema as it is anti-bureaucracy.
Screenings take place on Friday evenings at 6:00 pm. $4 suggested donation. Space is limited! Light refreshments served before each screening
Take the 1 or R to Rector St.; 2-3 or 4-5 to Wall St.; J-Z to Broad St. or the A-C to Fulton St. Near the PATH train & buses. Call for directions, (212) 354-1252.