El Cantante (2007)
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Based on the Life of Salsa Legend Hector Lavoe.
|A dazzling tale based on the true story of salsa legend hector lavoe's heroic rise, inevitable fall and triumphant return.|
"A special film, one that refuses to package a person's life into a comfortably familiar genre. Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"...a soaring, crashing, blazing affair with pyrotechnic performances by real-life spouses Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez... Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Energetic, powerful and riveting... Paul Fischer, Dark Horizons
"...the musical numbers, which constitute a hefty portion of screen time, are thrilling. Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
Editor's NoteBased on the life of salsa legend Hector Lavoe, director Leon Ichaso's EL CANTANTE, follows the beloved Puerto Rican performer (played by Marc Anthony) as he moves to New York City, and rises through the Bronx's vibrant Latin music scene during the 1960s and '70s. Singing with popular trombonist/bandleader Willie Colon (John Ortiz), Lavoe goes on to a successful solo career, but along the way, he becomes a drug addict, sabotaging not only his music, but his relationship with Puchi (a.k.a. Nilda Roman, portrayed by Jennifer Lopez). Helmed by Ichaso (PINERO) with documentary-like realism, and carried by Anthony, who bears a striking (albeit thinner) resemblance to Lavoe, EL CANTANTE thoughtfully depicts the rise and fall of a remarkably talented vocalist unable to shake debilitating addiction. Husband and wife in real life, Anthony and Lopez reveal a convincing chemistry, and the movie bolsters the Puchi role to give J. Lo more screen time, an aesthetic decision than allows her gentle-yet-determined presence to play off of Anthony's troubled Lavoe. While off-stage drama receives its share of attention in EL CANTANTE, the film also wisely shines the spotlight on Lavoe's charismatic performances, which are captured with grace and gusto by Anthony, a beloved singer in his own right. For fans of Lavoe, Anthony, and Lopez, this labor-of-love project is a must-see biopic that depicts the joy of Latin music against an otherwise difficult backdrop.
Cast & Crew
|Andres Levin - Original Music By|
|Claudio Chea - Cinematographer|
|David Darmstaeder - Based On Story By|
|David Tedeschi - Editor|
|Jennifer Lopez, et. al. - Producer|
|Leon Ichaso - Director|
|Leon Ichaso, et. al. - Screenplay|
|Nicholas Lundy - Art Director|
|Sharon Lomofsky - Production Designer|
|Todd Bello - Based On Story By|
|Willie Colon - Original Music By|