The Lost City
Our next Rialto Recommends THE LOST CITY was a 2005 passion project for actor/director Andy Garcia. In Havana, Cuba in the late 1950's, a wealthy family, one of whose sons is a prominent nightclub owner, is caught in the violent transition from the oppressive regime of Batista to the Marxist government of Fidel Castro. Castro's regime ultimately leads the nightclub owner to flee to New York. Though the film received mostly mixed reviews, these positive ones stood out to us: The Washington Post said "A tribute to pre-revolutionary Havana, an elegy on what was lost, a little payback for a regime that drove his family out and, best of all, a synthesis of the driving Afro-Cuban rhythms of the extraordinary music." And Roger Ebert said "Feels like the distillation of countless conversations and family legends, rehearsed from time immemorial by Cubans who fled their homeland and sought to re-create it in their memories." THE LOST CITY is streaming on Hoopla and the Magnolia Selects streaming services or available to rent for a modest fee from Fandango, Amazon, FlixFling, and Microsoft.