The Lost City: Andy Garcia's Cuban Revolution
The Lost City: Andy Garcia
Andrés Arturo García Menéndez—Andy Garcia to you—is one of Miami's
favorite sons. He came here in exile
at the age of five with his parents in 1961
during the Cuban Revolution, grew-up on Miami
Beach, and went on to become one of Hollywood's
greatest stars. A "local boy makes good" story, for sure.
But, although Garcia
achieved great success with films such as The Untouchables, with Kevin Costner and Sean Connery, and most recently
with Brad Pitt and George Clooney, there was one story-line that
burned in his soul; one elusive tale
he yearned to tell—the story of
the Cuban Revolution and Havana in
Enter exiled Cuban writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante...
Garcia's new film,
The Lost City, which he
also produces and directs,
based in part on G. Cabrera Infante's novel Three Trapped Tigers,
portrays a love story set against
the backdrop of Havana's turbulent transformation from a
lustful Caribbean destination filled with
sex, gambling, and torrid nightlife under the corrupt Batista regime, to a repressive and puritanical
Marxist society at
the hands of Fidel Castro and Ch?
The story centers around
the lives of three brothers of the Fellove family
caught-up in the Revolution. Although the specific rolls are not yet finalized, the
brothers will be played by Andy Garcia, Benjamin Bratt, and either
Benicio Del Toro or Javier Bardem, depending on the two actors availability
vis-a-vis previously committed
projects. Filming has commenced in the Dominican Republic and will also
begin in Miami this summer.
Hoffman stars as mobster Meyer Lansky, who, with the blessing of the monumentally corrupt Batista regime, spearheaded the Mafia's gambling and prostitution
efforts in Havana's wild nightlife scene. Robert Duvall
has signed-on to play the head of Batista's secret police.
The film is billed as a Cuban love story;
a story of "impossible love' under the harsh circumstances of
armed social revolution. Our money is on
Spanish beauty Ines Sastre to
be the object of desire in the film's epic love story theme, and
while you may not recognize her name, you'll instantly recognize
In the film, one of the Fellove family brothers becomes a Castro supporter and engages in
clandestine terrorism on behalf of the Revolution until he is discovered by Batista loyalists.
Another brother, who also blindly believes in the ideals of the Revolution,
joins Castro as a freedom fighter, but meets with a surprising fate once
he realizes the Revolution is nothing more than the mis-guided scheme
of a power-hungry future dictator.
Garcia plays brother Fico Fellove, a Havana nightclub owner who remains
neutral during the Revolution, only to see his life destroyed by Castro's
repressive regime once its power is consolidated. Ultimately, he is driven from his homeland and forced
to flee to New York to rebuild his life.
Garcia's film is a story-line I know
all too well...
In the summer of 1976 as a young, aspiring airline
pilot I found myself flying out of Miami's
infamous "corrosion corner," a notorious haven for shady
cargo operators, crooks, cheats—and
coincidently, some of the bravest men of the 20th century—Cuban pilots
who had flown in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.
I flew mostly with
Captain Luis Cosmé, the dashing former Chief of Air Operations in the
invasion, but it took many
months before I realized
was involved in the invasion — he rarely spoke of it. Rather, it was the
memory of Havana's pre-Castro 1950's golden era that gushed from his
As our ancient DC-6
droned away across the oceans night after night, Luis would speak with
fiery eyes about the music and the nightlife of his
beloved Havana. Many nights I'd lean forward
in the Flight Engineer's seat and listen to his vibrant stories about people and places of Havana that
soon became real to me. Places like the Tropicana, the Casino Parisien
at the Hotel Nacional, and the Floridita Bar where "the American
writer" was often seen—my first introduction to Ernest Hemingway. The stories would always end with a somber "but that was
Garcia's The Lost City will tell the same story, chronicled by yet another
brave soul who lived