Urban desires: Melancholia and Fernando Pérez's portrayal of Havana

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This essay examines Fernando Perez's film, Suite Habana (2003). The initial release of the film was met with general acclaim, and critics touted it as the inauguration of a new era in Cuban cinema. I argue that, although the film proves highly innovating in significant and compelling ways, it also must be understood within the trajectory of contemporary Cuban cinematic and cultural production. Moreover, through a careful analysis of the content and key stylistic elements, I argue that the film points precisely to the limitations of filmic and cultural expression: in the end, it portrays the melancholia produced by desires that cannot be adequately addressed in the confines of the urban and/or cinematic environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)867-882
Number of pages16
JournalBulletin of Hispanic Studies
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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