Chico & Rita

Chico & Rita

DVD - 2012 | Spanish
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"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 Valdés, Chico & Rita captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz"--Container.
Publisher: [New York] : New Video Group, c2012
ISBN: 9781422921708
Branch Call Number: DVD SPANISH Chico
791.4372 C533
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 09, 2018

This film is a real gem with great animation and music. I'm another who says don't miss the extra on how they made it (after you see it).

Aug 22, 2018

GOOD animated adult 2010 film with Cuban music setting. Interesting that Bebo Valdes did the music - he's the father of Chucho Valdes my current favorite Cuban pianist - KCLS has several of Chucho's CD's - highly recommended.

Nov 14, 2017

The animation was very gripping & enticed me to keep watching. I am glad I did. The music is fabulous. It takes us to a Cuba in the 1940's which most of us do not remember. This animated movie will hold the attention of adults. Wow.

Apr 13, 2016

Cuba is notorious for being a country with rich music. Because of the location Cuba is in, neighboring countries influenced its music into one of the most popular types of music in the world. The movie Chico & Rita focuses on the romance happening between a very promising piano player and a beautiful singer. Together, they travel across the world because of their love (and hate) with each other and music. The animations make the movie an unforgettable experience with its role in helping the mood shift from scene to scene. The music features the works from many famous jazz artists including five-time Grammy-winning Bebo Valdés who happens to score the soundtrack. The music and romance is not the only focus in the movie however. The film shows what Cuba was like during the Cuban Revolution and how citizens survived by keeping Cuban culture alive. Even in the deepest of poverty, music still endured and was passed on to help create one of the biggest music scenes on a single island. The movie has won countless of awards and has impacted what we see that defines the culture of Cuba.
- @LordoftheBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 01, 2016

Effervescent & seductive animated feature...if the somewhat plain & straightforward style of illustration was tailored for universal appeal, at least the result is universally appealing. Watching the credits you realize that artists & musicians all over the world contributed to this beautiful love story. Definitely recommended. CR

Aug 17, 2015

Animation--> Good
Music---> Good
Story---> Good

May 23, 2015

Great animation and wonderful music .The story kine was good .On the whole very colorful and enjoyable film.

Apr 06, 2015

The animation is exceptionally good. Ditto the music. I felt that the subject matter holds more promise that what the film delivers. The problem, as others have pointed out, is the story. We get a good sense of the era, the contrast between the cities of Havana and New York, however Chico and Rita are relentlessly moody and somewhat inaccessible characters. In other words, the rendering of the story is better than the story itself.

Mar 31, 2015

We liked the story, music and animation of this film. It's probably good that it was made as an animated movie instead of a feature film with actors.

theorbys Jun 20, 2014

Heart breaking and heart warming story of love and cuban/jazz music set in late 40s - early 50s in the wonderfully detailed cities of Havana and New York. Really shows what good animation is capable of.

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Jan 23, 2013

Sexual Content: Some nudity and sexual situations make this film unsuitable for children.


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