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Machin: A Full Life (2002)

Antonio Machín: Toda una vida (original title)


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Credited cast:
Antonio Canales Antonio Canales ... Machín bailaor
Yoima Valdés Yoima Valdés ... Rumbera
Héctor Noas Héctor Noas ... Carioco (as Héctor Eduardo Sánchez Noa)
Antonio Gala Antonio Gala ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gustavo Gómez Gustavo Gómez ... Hombre del bar
Sara Montiel ... Herself
Joaquín Sabina Joaquín Sabina ... Himself
Joan Manuel Serrat ... Himself


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f rated | singing | bolero | See All (3) »




Spain | Cuba



Release Date:

28 June 2002 (Spain) See more »

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Machin: A Full Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »


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Beautiful artist, a beautiful life
5 April 2004 | by Sleepy-17See all my reviews

I thought this film was just OK until thinking about it the next day. Forget the annoying current day imitators, the real Antonio Machin was a titan, "un hombre feo" full of determination for his art, and sweetness under his tough exterior. This is a far from perfect depiction of the life of the man, a Cuban singer whose career spanned more than fifty years. Too many testimonials, not enough Machin. Was that all the video of him they had? His own versions of his songs make the other singers seem quite tepid. I loved the part when he was asked if he was "camp": he answered with a sneer, "Yes, if it means I stick by my melodies and my sentiment, then I am Camp."

And I loved the older ladies in the Barcelona market whose memories of Machin were of "an ugly dark man" whom they found quite charming. Be sure to check out Machin's early work, much more exciting and idiosyncratic than the later lovable schmaltz.

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