"Chico & Rita" is an animated love story starring the music, culture and people of Cuba. Chico is a dashing piano player, and Rita is an enchanting and beautiful Havana nightclub singer. When they meet, the sparks fly, and they fall madly in love. An epic romance unfolds as the pair travels the glamorous stages of 1940s/1950s Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Paris. Accompanying them is an amazing soundtrack featuring the music of jazz legends Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie and Freddy Cole (brother of Nat King Cole), performed by a range of contemporary singers including Idania Valdés, Carlos Sarduy Horacio Hernández, Rolando Luna, Germán Velazco and Jorge Reyes. In "Chico & Rita," Trueba and Mariscal pay tribute to a vibrant and colorful time in the history of both Cuba and jazz.
Sponsored by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College, with additional support from the Amherst College Spanish, European Studies and Film and Media Studies Departments. The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda and the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C., Spain-USA Foundation.