DVD El Cantante [DVD] [2007] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 1138529),
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El Cantante [DVD] [2007] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Based 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.
    • Rating - for drug use, pervasive language and some sexuality
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1000032052

  • Credits
    Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, John Ortiz, Manny Perez, Andrea Navedo, Antone Pagan, Nelson Vasquez, Jorge Pupo, Edwin Rivera, Jerry Perez, Vincent Laresca, Jack Mulcahy, Melissa Gonzalez, Bernard Hernandez, Jared Everleth, Romi Dias, Tony Devon, Marcus Collins, Federico Castelluccio, Christopher Becerra
  • Critic Reviews
    "[The] music is a complex and captivating form of drama in its own right....Ms. Lopez brings a lot of fight to her performance."
    New York Times

    "Anthony does a convincing turn as the charismatic Lavoe, poetically extemporising his freeform lyrics on stage..."
    Sight and Sound

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