La Coquito (1978)

Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - Spain  |  
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

La Coquito is not a misspelling, it is a Spanish coining which combines masculine and feminine genders in a way which suggests scandal. La Coquito is the stage name a Cuban-born cabaret-singer (played by Ilyana Ross), who rises to prominence singing in low-down dives in Cuba and goes on to become a celebrity in pre-revolutionary Madrid as a cupletista. Her music is very sexually suggestive, and her earthy allure wins her the favors of many men, including one old man who buys a theater to showcase her art. This movie, illumining the life of a performer in a long-forgotten musical genre, is based on a novel by Joaquin Belda, which may be based on the real-life experiences of the cupletista "La Chelito."



scandal, seduction, stars [celebrities]