Filmmaker Fernando Trueba brings old Havana to life with this stylishly animated film featuring an exceptional jazz-and-blues soundtrack. The story follows Chico, a talented jazz pianist who falls madly in love with Rita, a beautiful and sultry vocalist. The two begin an on-again-off-again whirlwind love affair that spans from Cuba to New York. The film is awash in tropical colors and features loving cameos (albeit, animated) by jazz greats like Woody Herman, Charlie Parker and Dizzie Gillespie. There's even a pseudo-fictional retelling of Latin Jazz great Chano Pozo's murder in a Harlem bar. Chico & Rita is an amiable, sexy film and a beautiful tribute to the Latin Jazz movement. (Spanish with English subtitles)
Fri., March 4, 7 p.m., 2011
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