Sex, Maracas & Chihuahuas

  |  Book Tickets: 20/10/2016
  |  87 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Director: Diego Mas Trelles. Catalonia 2016. 87 mins.English/Catalan/Spanish with English subtitles. Xavier Cugat left Catalonia at a very young age and went to Cuba where he imbibed himself in the tropical rhythms that made him one of the originators of the Latin sound that became so popular in the USA and around the world. Cugat’s relationship with Hollywood is a fascinating one, from playing music so Rodolfo Valentino could properly dance a tango in the silent film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to being a permanent staple in Hollywood musicals, alongside Carmen Miranda, Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire and most famously with Esther Williams and her MGM musicals. Some of his recordings have been used by Wong Kar-wai in his films. This is a captivating documentary for anyone who loves cinema and its origins, full of little known stories and footage from the golden years of Hollywood. CFF 15