The Lost City
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- Commentary by director Andy Garcia, actor Nestor Carbonell, and production designer Waldemar Kalinowski
- "The Making of The Lost City" featurette
- Deleted scenes with commentary
- Behind-the-scenes photo gallery
- Notes from cast and crew
Top Customer Reviews
As a movie the best parts are the beautiful photography, locations, costumes and music. It really is a treat for the eyes and the ears. Is it long? yes it's long. But after seeing the film for the second time, I can't see where there was room for a lot of trimming.
Overall the acting in the film was good, with some weak spots. As a movie it's definitely worth seeing and the film doesn't deserve a lot of the negative reviews it's gotten. I suspect those have more to do with the political/historical aspects of the film which I referred to before.
This film will offend a lot of people that have bought into the idea of Fidel Castro as a benevolent dictator and Che Guevara as a righteous revolutionary. This film exposes them for the cruel opportunists that they are/were.
The film makes no bones about the need to remove the (then) dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista but also unequivocally shows that what happened next was far worse for all involved.
Some have criticized this film for not showing "the grinding poverty" of the masses in pre-Castro Cuba. There's a reason for that. There wasn't that much of it back then. The Cuban revolution was one led and funded by the middle and upper classes and supported by intellectuals throughout the island. They wanted democracy not a totalitarian dictatorship.Read more ›
I'm a 65 year-old Cuban woman who lived through that historic time. I'm a psychologist, mother of seven children , all successfull college graduates and grandmother of 19 children.
I'm very greatful to Andy Garcia for the gift of this movie.
Maria T. Carbonell, Montgomery Village, Maryland
That isn't to say though that it is lacking in fine performances. Most of the Hispanic actors other than Garcia may not be particularly familiar to North American audiences, but the acting is excellent in a project where many of them worked for scale plus in a labor of love. As might be expected, director/star Garcia leads the way with a performance full of subtleties of expression that I quite frankly thought was beyond him. By way of comparison, the very best aspects of his performance in the last third of Godfather III are distilled to quality and sensitivity a hundred times better than he showed there.
Ordinarily, I would expect such a fine performance to be a launching pad for many more mature roles than he's played to date, but this doesn't take into account the great risk Garcia took in producing a film hostile to Castro and communists. Undoubtedly this puts him at great risk in the Twenty First Century world of Hollywood, where those figures are considered heroes, if not secular saints. In fact, Garcia is quite open in stating that he was forced to go outside of the normal Hollywood funding sources in order to finance The Lost City.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was the strangest movie. The main story line was good and it gave you compassion for what the Cuban people went through during that time in history. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Laurie Chilcutt
The story of the movie was so topical ( Cuba before and after Castro) that I felt compelled to watch. What a mistake. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DRGATB
I ejected 'The Lost City' after about fifteen minutes; it will be on the shelf for a few years, then thrown away. Read morePublished 2 months ago by George H
This film moved me to tears. I can relate to the protagonist's dilemma, being obliged to move away from a place he loved because it was destroyed by socialists/communists. Read morePublished 2 months ago by William Mortensen Vaughan
This film moved me to tears. I can relate to the protagonist's dilemma, being obliged to move away from a place he loved because it was destroyed by socialists/communists. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Libertad Green
This is a cinematically beautiful film, apparently based on an historical novel, which wove real people (e.g., Myer Lansky, Che Guevera) into its story line. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joseph P. Tevington
Movie about '50s Cuba and the Revolution led by Fidel.
Artistic interpretation, realistic, helps to have a basic understanding of what happened before watching. Read more