This paper analyzes Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío´s Strawberry and Chocolate (1993) from the sociological perspective of film as a cultural text informed by the political, historical, and social world in which it is produced. A symbolic interactionist/cultural studies model is used as a guide for the interpretive and qualitative methods utilized in approaching the film. Of particular interest to the sociological analysis of the film is the changing political context of the Cuban Revolution during the “special period” of the early 1990s, the use of stereotypes in the characterization of the actors, and finally its representation of gender and sexuality as a reflection of the revolutionary discourse in Cuba. The paper concludes with reflections on the importance of film to sociological study and theory in general, using Strawberry and Chocolate as a salient example.
Shultz, Andrew Zachary
"The Crisis of Identity in Post-Revolutionary Cuban Film: A Sociological Analysis of Strawberry and Chocolate,"
Vol. 8, Article 9.
Available at: http://uknowledge.uky.edu/kaleidoscope/vol8/iss1/9