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The Last Supper (15) + Recorded Introduction by Michael Chanan

Cinema Restored

Cinema Restored: The Last Summer

The second title in our programme of restorations of political global art cinema, Cinema Restored, is the incendiary film by legendary Cuban director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.

The Last Supper, centres around a delusional Cuban plantation owner who, on Easter Sunday, decides to host his own version of the Biblical Last Supper with himself in the position of Jesus Christ, and his plantation slaves as Christ’s disciples.

The film is politically loaded, mixing absurdist humour with a biting satirical commentary of colonialism and the Catholic Church, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea infuses the film with repeated pictorial allusions to depictions of The Last Supper, adopting an allegorical mode throughout the film which creates parallels between the period of the 18thcentury, in which the narrative takes place, and notions of contemporary state violence, both in the moment it was shot, and with the present day.

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Cuba 1976 dir Tomás Gutiérrez Alea 120 min

This screening is locally classified

Please be advised that this film contains racist language and imagery throughout.

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