Film

CUBA LIBRE

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BAMcinématek’s “Cuba: Golden 60s,” a series comprising six features and a program of shorts by the director Santiago Álvarez, pays tribute to the period following the Cuban revolution when the country experienced a radical boom in its filmmaking output. Some of the titles on display are, thankfully, not complete strangers to international recognition: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s Memories of Underdevelopment earned great acclaim when it came to the U.S. in 1973, while Mikhail Kalatozov’s initially maligned I Am Cuba was reclaimed by Western cinephiles — like former Voice critic J. Hoberman, who notably called the film a “Bolshevik hallucination” — in the 1990s. Meanwhile, tonight’s opening selection — Humberto Solás’s Lucía, from 1968 — is as ambitious as anything in the series, spanning three distinct epochs (1890s, 1930s, 1960s) of Cuban history.

March 20-31, 8 p.m., 2015