Saturday, February 25, 2012

Film: Chico & Rita @ Angelika 2/18/12

I had to figure out how to get there for this animated film that was a love story and had history of Cuban Jazz.  I was walking by on my way home, it was about to start, so why not.  It was awesome.  The music was awesome, the animation beautiful, and I enjoyed the story.

It was set in Havana, New York, and Las Vegas.  There was stuff about Dizzy Gillespe and Charlie Parker.  We saw the Village Vanguard as how I presume it used to be - with more room to breathe and bigger tables.  We learned a little about the Cuban musicians who moved to NYC to play jazz.  It ended at the time of the revolution, when playing jazz in Cuba wasn't so hot.  The film also had some of the political themes of the music business.

It was well done and I loved the music.

The blip from the promoters:
A gifted songwriter and beautiful singer chase their dreams – and each other – from Havana to New York and Las Vegas. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment.

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