Thursday, March 24, 2011

"Chico y Rita"

And I saw this animated film too, largely because it is set in Havana and features a lot of Cuban music. It tells the story of a problematic romance over a long number of years between the two titular characters, who are both involved in the Cuban jazz scene. The whole thing is very louche, with a lot of playing away from home and paying and being paid for going on. The animation is great, with the Havana locations being lovingly rendered.

One other thing I loved about it was a bit early on in the present day when Chico turns on the radio and there is some guy (one of the Castros, probably) just droning on; if you have ever encountered Cuban TV or radio this will be rather familiar, as will the way Chico immediately switches to another channel.

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