The Lost City

The Lost City

DVD - 2005
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Havana in 1958 is a place of pleasure for many, but others are not happy under the rule of dictator Fulgencio Batista. As the revolutionary forces of Fidel Castro and Ernesto "Che" Guevara prepare to move on the city, Fico Fellove (Andy Garcia), owner of the city's classiest music nightclub, El Tropico, struggles to hold together his family and the love a woman (Ines Sastre). Observing all is the Comedian/Writer (Bill Murray), an expatriate American who sees his friend Fico being drawn into events as the revolution changes everything. Though Fico watches a culture vanish and a people transformed, it is his love of Cuban music that keeps his memories alive.
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2005.
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (144 min.) : color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Nooksack20
Jun 19, 2017

I thought this was a pretty solid portrayal of the Communist takeover of Cuba. Andy Garcia was very good, but Bill Murray was badly miss-cast as the writer. He came across as a baffoon rather than as a serious actor. Would have been much better without him. I would have preferred a much more complete ending to the movie to add credibility to the entire story.

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akirakato
Jan 31, 2017

This is a 2005 American drama directed by Andy García.
The screenplay was written by Guillermo Cabrera Infante, who was a Cuban novelist, essayist, translator, screenwriter and critic.
Dustin Hoffman plays Meyer Lansky, a high-ranking member of New York's Genovese crime family, who wishes to open up a gambling room at El Tropico.
Fico (played by Andy Garcia) intends for his club to remain a place of music and turns down the offer.
It is a pity that Hoffman plays only a minor role.
Bill Murray plays"the Writer" and asks Fico for a job, and hovers around Fico, commenting on the absurdities of life, though never playing a clear part in those absurdities.
Murray's role appears to be the personality of the screenwriter.
When I see Dustin Hoffman, the film looks like a promising drama.
However, it turns out to be an overlong, unevenly directed flop.
No director could make a good movie out of a bad script.

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magg_yela
Mar 22, 2016

Very interesting, a sweet and dramatic way to show the life of Cubans. It's a true story movie and it takes you to think the most important in life that take part or not when making decisions.

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amethyst9
Jan 21, 2011

I was very interested in seeing this film, so I was disappointed in the 'flow' of the story. I didn't think the main characters were well-developed at the beginning, so I wasn't always sure which of the three brothers were on screen. The music was (of course) wonderful, and I could tell that a lot of love and care went into the production. The result at times felt too staged. The images were well framed and shot in Dominican Republic as the stand-in for Cuba.

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