Cuba feliz

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  • Summary: Billed as "a musical road movie," Cuba Feliz follows the wanderings of charismatic, 76-year-old Miguel Del Morales, known as El Gallo (The Rooster), as he travels throughout Cuba, making music in the homes of friends, in bars and on street corners, in courtyards and stairwells. (Film Forum)


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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 80
    The film is music from beginning to end, and nearly every note of it is magical.
  2. 75
    It's hard to focus on the travails when the music is so lively and good.
  3. 70
    The film is virtually wall-to-wall music with very little commentary -- it's obvious that, given the chance, these musicians would much rather play than talk.
  4. 63
    Grittily beautiful film that looks, sounds, and feels more like an extended, open-ended poem than a traditionally structured story.
  5. Every trip requires patience, and this one brings plenty of rewards, in the ecstatic sounds of a country most of us haven't been able to visit firsthand.
  6. 50
    While the performances are often engaging, this loose collection of largely improvised numbers would probably have worked better as a one-hour TV documentary.
  7. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Not quite a documentary, it's more like a musical travelogue that doesn't quite sustain feature length and seems ideally suited to a shorter TV version for music webs.

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