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Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club

Director: Wim Wenders

Country:  USA, Germany

Year of Production:  1999

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Synopsis

Cuba's rich and colourful past comes vividly to life in this legendary, Oscar-nominated documentary from director Wim Wenders (PARIS, TEXAS, WINGS OF DESIRE).

The Grammy Award-winning Buena Vista Social Club album produced by Ry Cooder, remains the biggest-selling world music album ever. It showcases the talents of a dream team of veterans from Cuban music's golden age and it introduced the rhythms of Son, Bolero and Danzon to a whole new audience, making instant international stars of Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo and Compay Segundo.

Never a regular band, The Buena Vista Social Club had gone their separate ways after that sensational album but in this extraordinary film Wenders intimately documents Ry Cooder's return to Havana, encountering these musical legends again as they look back to the halcyon days of Cuba's music scene, when the rich and famous travelled from all over the world to listen to them. In the climax their music comes alive once again, as they rehearse for their first - and only - performance in America, at New York's Carnegie Hall. More than a musical occasion that historic sell-out show is the uplifting finale to this documentary, which remains one of the greatest musical films ever made.

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Cast

Starring:  Ry Cooder, Joaquim Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén Gonzáles, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo, Juan de Marcos Gonzales

Credits

Director: Wim Wenders

Writer(s):  Wim Wenders

Producers:  Ulrich Felsberg

Production Details

Country:  USA, Germany

Year of Production:  1999

Language:  Spanish

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  100 minutes

Shooting gauge:  Digital

Original aspect ratio:  1.78:1

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Documentary

DVD Release Date:  26th January 2009

Reviews

EMPIRE

"Wenders is left free to effortlessly transfer the magic of sound to the medium of moving pictures"

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PHILIP FRENCH, THE OBSERVER

"wonderful"

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FILM FOUR

"The film that spawned a phenomenon, Buena Vista Social Club is a delight"

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TIME OUT

"a blinder"

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PETER BRADSHAW, THE GUARDIAN

"a film of ineffable sweetness and glorious music... breathtaking... moving, uplifting"

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TOTAL FILM

"sunshine for the soul... opulent, organic and as intoxicating as a rum binge, dripping with joie de vivre and rumbling with passion. Terrific, truly liberating stuff"

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