BUT IS THE BOOK BETTER?: THE MAMBO KINGS
Presented by The Arts House
Director: Arne Glimcher
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Armand Assante, Cathy Moriarty
1992 | 104 min | US | Rating: M18 (Sexual scene)
The Mambo Kings tells the passionate story of brothers and aspiring musicians, Cesar and Nestor Castillo. They flee from Cuba to American in the hopes of making it big in the explosive and sexy 1950s New York City music scene. They eventually achieve the great American Dream of success, fame, and fortune, only to have it fall apart due to their own hubris.
Based on Oscar Hijuelo's 1989 Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.
For April's But is The Book Better? theme, we pull a Pulitzer Focus. The Pulitzer Prize was established by journalist Joseph Pulitzer who was an indomitable figure in American journalism. The lasting influence of the Prizes on American journalism, literature, music, and drama is to be attributed to his visionary acumen. To celebrate the announcements of this year's Pulitzer Prize winners this April, we focus on film adaptations of some of the more well-known winning novels.