Chico and Rita

 
Mar 26 – 29
Mon 6:00 8:05
Tue 6:00 8:05
Wed 6:00 8:05
Thu 6:00 8:05 (last show)
(Spain/UK / 2010 / dir by Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, and Tono Errando)
Unrated / 94 mins.
Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Feature. In 1940’s Cuba, Chico is a young piano player with big dreams, and Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. United by music and desire, the duo pulses with life as they chase their dreams from Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood, and Las Vegas.
Seen through pen-and-ink drawings, their on-again, off-again romance is so nostalgic and persuasive it feels almost iconic. The picture’s real achievement though, is the warmth it brings to the music that animates the lives of its characters. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés, Chico & Rita features the music of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and others. Containing enough adult subject matter that it’s definitely not for the young, the film is so passionate about the Latin and big-band music of the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s that it’ll make anyone who grew up listening to those vibrant rhythms feel like a kid again. In Spanish with subtitles.
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