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Chico & Rita

4.7 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews

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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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  • 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 (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086900LG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,981 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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Format: Blu-ray
Excellent story illustrated by "caricature-like" animation of pre- and post communist Cuba, almost politically neutral, but nostalgic enough to bring back some great cuban music from the first half of the century. Other great north American composers and artists are portrayed in this journey back through time to happier times for the island and its talents. The British import Blu-ray has English subtitles that are non-removable, but not disturbing. The quality of the video is excellent, but the 5.1 DTS master soundtrack is absolutely exquisite. A very unique piece of filmmaking. I strongly recommend at least a viewing.
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`Chico and Rita' is a wonderful animation mainly set in Havana, Cuba, but also taking in New York, Paris and Las Vegas. It follows a piano player (Chico) and a singer (Rita) who have an impassioned and stormy relationship. You see how they meet and fall in love, how they perform together and how their paths divide and cross again throughout their lives.

The animation is very stylised and at the same time beautiful. It has some great effects where it seems almost 3D (for example when they ride a motorbike down the street) and whilst it may seem simple I would contend that this is deceptive.

As this is based around music you would be right in thinking this is a key aspect to the film and I adored the laid back Cuban jazz on offer. I am slightly biased as I am a fan of this type of music anyway, but it is especially good here.

The plot is good enough to keep you interested and although my wife found it rather slow in places, I personally enjoyed the story it weaved.

Overall this is a very stylish and entertaining film. You will love it if you have been to Cuba and you can quite happily spend the film `spotting' places you have been to, but the story and music really elevates this above other run-of-the-mill animated films out there. Well worth checking out at some point.

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