La Tropical (2001)
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As he does with his still photography, Turnley achieves a breathtaking level of intimacy in La Tropical. which swirls and dances just as sensually as the undulating bodies at the club.
Shot in black-and-white, La Tropical serves as an atmospheric portrait of Cuba in the twilight of Castro's rule.
David Turnley's sinuous black-and-white documentary about an open-air dance club on the outskirts of Havana places passion and rhythm before politics and history.
In telling the story of La Tropical, which occupies roughly the same cultural real estate in Cuba as the Apollo Theater does here, [Turnley] attempts to illuminate the history of race relations in Cuba, with mixed results.
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist David Turnley's first feature, photographed in shimmering black and white, is a portrait of the Havana dance hall La Tropical, but is first and foremost a celebration of Cuban dance and music.
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