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Andy García’s The Lost City: Lost Havana

Andy Garcia directs Alfredo Chocolate Armenteros in The Lost City
Julian Fernandez as Benny More in The Lost City

It is clear from the opening scene in Andy García’s film The Lost City that Cuban music is the protagonist. García’s passion for Cuban music and his devotion as a producer and advocate are also clear. The Cuban-born actor-director began as a collector of classic recordings, then worked as an apprentice musician and producer for one of Cuba’s living legends, Israel “Cachao” López. The bassist-composer was the subject of García’s 1993 documentary film Cachao: Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos. The film score for City draws on Cuba’s most extraordinary musical treasures.

“There are about 40 songs in the movie,” García says. “First are the prerecorded songs, the classic songs from the era; then there’s another series of songs that I had been recording over the past 10 years with Cachao from the different albums we’ve done, and [finally] there were songs I recorded of my own themes that I needed while I was shooting.”

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