Art gallery entrepreneur-turned-film director Arne Glimcher has made a splashy, entertaining film of Oscar Hijuelos' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
. Although a long way from art, THE MAMBO KINGS is actually an improvement on the book, which was a vastly
overrated, rambling laundry list of evocative names and places of 1950s Manhattan.
THE MAMBO KINGS is the story of two brothers, Cesar (Armand Assante) and Nestor Castillo (Antonio Banderas), who leave their native Cuba to pursue their dream of making it big through their music in the Big Apple. Their natures are wildly contrasting: Cesar is a fiery, indefatigable womanize...