Sound moves
Immigration and music in Cosas que dejé en La Habana
in Screening songs in Hispanic and Lusophone cinema
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This chapter presents a study of Cosas que dejé en La Habana, focusing on the way music is used in a film mainly concerned with questions of immigration and cultural allegiance. Directed by one of Spain's foremost filmmakers, Cosas is one of the films that have addressed the plight of foreigners seeking to make their home in Spain. The mainly favourable critical reception of Cosas's portrayal of immigrant Cuban life in Spain often mentioned Gutiérrez Aragón's Cuban family ties and the input of the Cuban scenarist Senel Paz. The use of Cuban actors added authenticity to the film, something further endorsed in Jorge Perugorría's description of it as 'my most Cuban Spanish film'. In Cosas percussive sounds are often used to prepare the viewer for affirmations or memories of Cuba.

Editors: Lisa Shaw and Rob Stone

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