Cuba Feliz

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Seventy-six-year-old Cuban street musician Miguel Del Morales, known as El Gallo (The Rooster), travels around Cuba with his guitar, making music in the homes of friends, in bars, and on street corners, in courtyards and stairwells. His rich voice, colored by a lifetime of cigarettes and rum, weathered by the sun and rain, bespeaks the joys and sufferings of his countrymen. An urban troubadour, Del Morales has been called "a living memory of Cuban bolero."


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  • A quasi-documentary by French filmmaker Karim Dridi that celebrates the hardy spirit of Cuban music.

    Oct 17, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • A grittily beautiful film that looks, sounds, and feels more like an extended, open-ended poem than a traditionally structured story.

    Aug 22, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • While the performances are often engaging, this loose collection of largely improvised numbers would probably have worked better as a one-hour TV documentary.

    Jun 13, 2002 | Rating: 2/4
  • In painting an unabashedly romantic picture of a nation whose songs spring directly from the lives of the people, the movie exalts the Marxian dream of honest working folk, with little to show for their labor, living harmoniously, joined in song.

    Jun 12, 2002 | Rating: 4/5
  • Frustratingly, Dridi tells us nothing about El Gallo other than what emerges through his music.

    Jun 11, 2002 | Full Review…
  • Falls short in explaining the music and its roots.

    Jun 15, 2002 | Full Review…

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