Juan Carlos Tabío and the Challenge of the Serious Laugh

Comedy is an essential discursive strategy, established as one of the most efficient communicative resources for broaching the main zones of conflict in Cuban society. The present text offers a brief and relevant analysis of this strategy in some of the works of Juan Carlos Tabío, National Prize Winner in Film.

From the very moment of ICAIC’s foundation, Cuban film has availed itself of diverse resources that have served it for approaching reality in a critical way: the absurd, satire, re-reading history from the present, the use of metaphor…. Comedy is, among all of them, an essential discursive strategy that was established as one of the most efficient communicative resources for broaching the main zones of conflict in Cuban society. In this way, and taking advantage of the fact that this year Juan Carlos Tabío, one of the main cultivators of this line, won the National Prize in Film, it’s worthwhile analyzing this strategy in some of his works, specifically in Plaff o demasiado miedo a la vida (1988), Lista de espera (The Waiting List, 1999), which closes the decade of the ‘90s and marks the transition to the next, and the more recent El cuerno de la abundancia (Horn ...

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