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“The Making of The Lost City” featurette
Deleted scenes with commentary
Notes from Cast and Crew
“Havana in 1958 is a place of pleasure for many, but others are not happy under the rule of dictator Fulgencio Batista. As the revolutionary forces of Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara prepare to move on the city, Fico Fellove (Andy Garcia), owner of the city’s classiest music nightclub, El Tropico, struggles to hold together his family and the love of a woman (Inés Sastre), not knowing that his club will become more than just a stage for popular entertainment.
Observing all is The Writer (Bill Murray), an expatriate American who sees Fico being drawn into events as the revolution changes everything. Though Fico watches a culture vanish and a people transformed, it is his love of Cuban music that keeps his memories alive.
“The Lost City” is rated R for violence.
“The Lost City”‘s only real problem is its pacing and running time. At two and a half hours running time, it’s tough to get through. The pacing is incredibly slow. There are a lot of long, lingering stares between characters in the film and some of the musical numbers are very long. I think at least 45 minutes could have been trimmed and it would have been just as effective.
I think fans of dramas and indie films will really enjoy “The Lost City.” Anyone interested in Cuban politics or culture will also enjoy the movie, especially music fans.
There is a decent selection of bonus features on this DVD. There is a 40 minute ‘making of’ featurette that has your typical cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes footage, and more. Garcia describes the history of getting the project made, Bill Murray’s involvement, shooting in the Dominican Republic, and more. Also included are 10 deleted scenes. There’s an extended dance number, a scene between Fico and his brother after a friend is executed by the revolutionaries, and more. Another notable scene shows Aurora meeting Fico at the airport rather than later in the film in New York. You’ll also find a standard commentary, photo gallery, and notes from the cast and crew.