Sex, Maracas & Chihuahuas

Xavier Cugat was a musical genius, glitzy persona and the only Spaniard with two stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Spanning continents and decades of musical and cinematic progression, this documentary reveals the incredible life of a Spanish legend.

From the rise of the radio and symphony orchestra to the return of legendary clubs and dancehalls post prohibition, this story portrays the exotic and colourful world of musical showbiz through the work of a true star.


“We must value the exceptional work of investigation that is reflected in Sex, Maracas & Chihuahuas. Through archive films – and almost zero interviews, the movie succeeds in giving a clear and funny picture of the life of this Hugh Hefner (before Hugh Hefner) of Girona.” (Chema Ar – Cine En Serio)     

“The documentary is very alive, supported with an exceptional music selection, we get to know the story of a man who built himself. The work of Diego Mas Trelles helps us understand the role of Cugat as part of the American history. A documentary that must be seen by any music-lover, it makes us realize that without Cugat latin music would still exist but it would be very different.” (Alberto Medina López – Aforolibre)
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  • October 9, 2016 (15:45h - Edinburgh)
  • October 10, 2016 (18:00h - Edinburgh)
  • October 14, 2016 (13:05h - Edinburgh)
  • October 20, 2016 (20:45h - Glasgow)


  • Diego Mas Trelles

Main Cast

Release Year

  • 2016


  • Mins: 87