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Chico & Rita (2010)

Limara Meneses , Eman Xor Ona , Fernando Trueba  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Limara Meneses, Eman Xor Ona
  • Directors: Fernando Trueba
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Gkids
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086900LG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba (BELLE EPOQUE, CALLE 54) and Spain's legendary artist Javier Mariscal celebrate the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion and heartbreak.

Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy®-winning composer Bebo Valdes, CHICO & RITA captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo and others.

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  • Making of CHICO & RITA Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Directors Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
  • U.S. Trailer

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Havana, Cuba in 1946 with warm colors and hot music February 26, 2012
By BMoore
Format:DVD
I love good animation, I love great music, and I love a good movie.

Three for three on "Chico and Rita". Two Afro-Cuban musicians who meet in classic "cute" movie fashion and then have an on-again, off-again, love affair in various locales (Havana, NYC, Las Vegas, etc.), and always, there is wonderful music (mostly jazz and Latin jazz) in the forefront or the background.

Let me pull on your coat about something here - the guy who plays the original piano pieces for this film is 93 years old. He's also playing the piano and conducting the Havana ballroom orchestra present in parts of the soundtrack, albeit when he was much, much younger as those recordings were made in the 40's and 50's. His name is Bebo Valdes, and he is as old-school as it gets at 93, but, man, that cat can still play.

I've ordered this film in advance as I know I will want to watch it at least a few times, and therefore I have no hesitation in recommending that you watch it at least once. Even if you don't particularly like jazz or animation, it stands on it's own as a great little movie.

Just a heads-up though - there are some adult moments and some animated nudity in the film, so bear that in mind if you're considering watching it and you've got children around the place.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The ups and downs of love: In memory of Chano Pozo vaya! September 4, 2011
Format:DVD
Chico and Rita is the third Latin movie throughout the last two decades(after Buena Vista Social Club and Estudio 54), inspired on Latin music, but unlike the previous ones it's much more ambitious about its proposal.

Fernando Trueba made an amazing journey through some unforgettable moments and first-rate figures of jazz to tell us a love story that looks like a tragic bolero sprayed with this bitter ending cadence ruptruras, troubles and nostalgia.

Both are from humble origin, but each of them bursts on stage and shine like a star for its own account. And despite the conflicts come and go the love never does.

A memorable tribute to Chano Pozo, Gillespie, Parker, Casablanca, Boggie, Tito Puente, Miguel Valdez and Tito Rodriguez, among other ones. Interesting artistic proposal and refreshing gaze to the Latin Universe.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece that should easily grab the Oscar January 31, 2012
By Andras
Format:Blu-ray
Chico & Rita is a beautifully animated film, with an excellent storyline. It creates an ambiance the viewer wants to be part of, and expressive characters we can almost touch. It is a love story that follows a young pianist and a young singer starting from the late 1940s Havana. The film takes us many places geographically and emotionally. The situations and dialogs are very real and sharp. The film is happy and tragic, just like life itself. One needs to be a certain age to understand the motivations and emotions within, therefore I would recommend it for viewers 18 years of age or older.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Watching this nostalgic love letter to Cuba, jazz, and enduring passion unfold, I was struck by how little the medium of animation is used to tell serious adult stories. "Chico & Rita," therefore, benefits greatly from this straightforward and unorthodox approach. Had the exact same screenplay been filmed with live actors, I think the tale might have been equally compelling. But there is something about the simplicity and beauty of the hand drawn passages that really evokes an artistic vibe. And as the movie is an homage to an era, a culture, and an art form, it's fascinating to see this world come alive as if from thin air. "Chico & Rita" was Oscar nominated as Best Animated Feature in 2012, and it is truly a must-see for lovers of quality adult entertainment. A visual treat with its earthy pallette, the movie also boasts an impressively colorful soundtrack that recalls the jazz age in vibrant detail. Lushly romantic, I think those that adore "Chico & Rita" will be rapturous in their praise. But it isn't necessarily a movie for everyone as it unravels as much from mood as from the actual story.

The actual plot spans many decades from the streets of Cuba, to the clubs of New York, to the movie sets of Hollywood, to the seedy motels of Las Vegas. Seriously, I had no idea that the movie would have such a grand scope or such a broad narrative. An elderly Chico, a former piano man, hears one of his songs on the radio and it causes him to reflect on a long and tumultuous relationship with his true love Rita. Rita, a sultry singer, worked with Chico before setting upon a life of fame and glamour--but their two paths were constantly intertwined. Although madly in love, the two never seem to connect in any meaningful way for an extended period.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful on so many levels March 8, 2013
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I rarely watch animations and almost never review movies. This one is so exceptional that I feel compelled to gush a little so forgive me in advance.

First, this movie weaves in factual events with a great storyline. For example, the circumstances leading to Chano Pozzo's actual death are portrayed, as is the overall allure to many Cuban musicians of what musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and their New York peers were creating. In real life Dizzy did as much as any major jazz musician in NY to include the Afro-Cuban rhythms into bebop and beyond.

The music itself is a character in this movie. What a feast! It inspired me to start listening to pure Cuban music by some of the pioneers cited in the movie. Consequently, I have fallen in love with musicians to whom I would have never paid attention like Machito (a good starting point is Ritmo Caliente), Cachao (start with Master Session 1) and a plethora of others who pioneered this music.

Of course the animation - simply beautiful - and the storyline that is gritty, musical and touching are reasons enough to watch this movie. Like the music, both Havana and New York City are also characters in this movie. The scenes are period-correct and the colors are also consistent with the era. It's uncanny how well the essences of both cities are captured and personified.

Do be aware that some scenes are explicit, making this an adult movie in every sense of the word. It's also a love story. And a musical.

If you love music, and especially Afro-Cuban influenced jazz that came out of the late 1940s/early 1950s, you will love this movie. Heck, if you are a sucker for a great love story you'll also love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming
I loved this movie
Published 22 days ago by The Ploom Room
4.0 out of 5 stars Picaresque Love-Story with Serious Undertones
CHICO & RITA is a notable achievement - an animated love-story that makes some trenchant points about the ways in which human beings were constrained during the Forties and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Markie Mark U.K
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for Bebo fans...
Wonderful storyline, music, and animation. Fist got this as a library check out...had to have my own copy!
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Cheap Skate
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. In a day when collections are unnecessary-this one is a must.
Published 2 months ago by B. Lavigne
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
not much of a story. Music a disappointment.
Published 2 months ago by Lee Urbanowicz
5.0 out of 5 stars Best animated film out there.
One of my favorite films of all time. Love the animation, story, and incredible Cuban and Jazz music.
Published 2 months ago by Nigel Bellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see this havana classic
Beautiful technique, and very close to reality.
Published 2 months ago by Diego Torres
5.0 out of 5 stars A great romance and musical film
A great romance and musical film. And the animation is so well done to complement the scenes, story and emotions.

Highly recommend this wonderful film.
Published 3 months ago by Tom Falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT MOVIE, WITH FANTASTIC JAZZ SOUNDTRACK, I FOUND THE INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR VERY INTERESTING.
Published 3 months ago by Connoisseur
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