Chico & Rita

Chico & Rita

by Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba


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Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood, and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.

Javier Mariscal’s art perfectly captures the steamy, vibrant atmosphere of 1940s Havana and transports the reader back to a time filled with music and romance. Based on the true story of Grammy Award–winning Cuban pianist and bandleader Bebo Valdes, this graphic novel is adapted from the animated feature film Chico & Rita, directed by Trueba and Mariscal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906838294
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Fernando Trueba is a multiaward-winning writer, director, and producer, with a career spanning more than three decades in film, television, documentaries, theater, and music. Javier Mariscal is an artist and designer working in multiple fields, including illustration, graphics, comic books, paintings, animation, interiors, product design, furniture, and web design. He has a long-standing association with the New Yorker.

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Chico & Rita: A Graphic Novel. by Javier Mariscal and Fernando Tueba 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
OSachodeKansas More than 1 year ago
Although it is not as nice as the film (I hope the film DVD will be released some time soon in the U.S., since the film made it to the Academy Awards), this graphic novel is a must: the story, the drawings... highly entertaining and engaging, especially if you are into Cuban culture or jazz. You can read it while listening to the film's soundtrack. But if you can get a hold of the film, much better.