Crossover Dreams

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Time Out says

Despite the boil-in-the-bag plot - struggling musician (salsa superstar Blades) hits big time and goes off the rails - this has lots going for it. It's the story of countless jazz and rock musicals, and the song remains the same, that rich whites in their 5th Avenue eyries still run and ruin people's lives. But this deals with the new leisure marginals: the salsa musicians of America's massive barrio populations. Barring one set piece, the music is subordinate to the narrative, sometimes annoyingly so. That said, the soundtrack remains a powerful cultural, er, signifier, and Blades and cast turn in strong, unsentimental performances. Apart from some choc-boxy scenes, Ichaso films New York with a hard-edged realism, presenting the mixed Latin communities cusping on their own social crossover.
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UK release:

1985

Duration:

86 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Leon Ichaso

Cast:

Virgilio Marti, Tom Signorelli, Elizabeth Peña, Shawn Elliot, Rubén Blades, Frank Robles

Music:

Mauricio Smith

Production Designer:

Octavio Soler

Editor:

Gary Karr

Cinematography:

Claudio Chea

Screenwriter:

Leon Ichaso, Rubén Blades, Manuel Arce

Producer:

Manuel Arce

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