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cjdesign from United States
16 June 2006
From the opening scene of woman's torso gyrating to the funky sounds of
an Orishas track, you know you are in for a great ride! The simple
grittiness of daily life in Havana walks through this entire film and
the characters it touches are truly memorable. This is one of the few
films I put in my "Gem" category (that's one star better than
"Classic") of documentaries.
An absolutely sumptuous black and white film that deals with a
legendary Cuban club "in the 'hood." Superb footage and editing,
coupled with a deft eye for subject matter and a wicked soundtrack make
this film is a classroom for documentary filmmakers. Having been to
Havana and to La Tropical personally, I can say this film truly
captures the hot, sweaty essence of the Cuban people's "joy of life!"
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