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  • Summary: In a remote barrio of Havana, the Salon Rosado at La Tropical is the club where generations of working-class Cuban's of color have always gathered to dance, sing, and live la vida loco. From midnight to dawn, hundreds of men and women, young and old, pack the open-air dance floor and move asIn a remote barrio of Havana, the Salon Rosado at La Tropical is the club where generations of working-class Cuban's of color have always gathered to dance, sing, and live la vida loco. From midnight to dawn, hundreds of men and women, young and old, pack the open-air dance floor and move as one to the nonstop rhythms of the hottest bands on the island. La Tropical, produced and directed by David Turnley, a Pulitzer-prize-winning photojournalist, takes viewers on an edgy behind-the-scenes tour of this extraordinary club. (Fabrication Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
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  1. 75
    Shot in black-and-white, La Tropical serves as an atmospheric portrait of Cuba in the twilight of Castro's rule.
  2. 75
    First and foremost a celebration of Cuban dance and music.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    70
    Crammed with comments from patrons and performers, La Tropical is a sensual celebration of people for whom dancing is the "most important nonreligious ritual."
  4. Reviewed by: Walter Dawkins
    60
    Offers a rarely seen view of the barrio in Havana and demonstrates the importance of dance and music in dealing with pervasive racism and crippling poverty.
  5. Reviewed by: Drew Tillman
    50
    When Turnley ventures into broader political or sociological commentary, one wishes that he'd step back and let the music, uniformly and ass-shakingly irresistible, take center stage.
  6. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    50
    Shot in beautifully textured black-and-white video and then transferred to film, the movie has an intoxicating, sexually charged rhythm and seems sharply attuned to the lives of the impoverished black musicians, singers, and dancers who perform at the club. Unfortunately, it's poorly structured, and the absence of a unifying shape significantly blunts its impact.
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  1. JohnH.
    Oct 3, 2009
    9
    Beautifully photographed, sensitively told stories. Music that makes you want to shake your booty. A sensual experience.

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