Chico & Rita
Directed by Javier Mariscal and Fernando Trueba
Spain & UK, 2010
Cornerhouse, 21 November 2010
A film that is as stunning, sumptuous and seductive as Rita herself.
It is a love story set in the Bebop era, the two lovers meeting in Havana and later travelling to New York.
There are many gorgeous animated fugues, with Chico’s Casablanca-inspired dream sequence being the outstanding solo.
The music – smooth Bebop jazz – is terrific. More than that, though, it is the overall look and feel of the film that impresses. This is a world you’d want to live in; these are people you’d want to meet.
And all are drawn with a melodic line that would have made Dizzy proud.
The film has its own website, which looks as scrumptious as the film. Check it out here.