Director: Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, Tono Errando
Stars: Lenny Mandel, Limara Meneses
A Spanish-language feature, Chico and Rita is a love story with musical accompaniment from the rich jazz and Latin traditions of Cuba, where much of the film is set. In Havana in 1948, Chico is a piano player and songwriter; Rita is a singer with a beautiful voice.
As a period piece, the film is alive in a way that only animation allows. The problems of verisimilitude are done away with by the heavy lines and sharp looks. It achieves something beyond realism. And all with music you can bop to. —RS