Music Makers: Buena Vista Social Club [Import]
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In 1996, composer, producer, and guitar legend Ry Cooder entered Egrem Studios in Havana with the forgotten greats of Cuban music, many of them in their 60s and 70s, some of them long since retired. The resulting album, Buena Vista Social Club, became a Grammy-winning international bestseller. When Cooder returned to Havana in 1998 to record a solo album by 72-year-old vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer, filmmaker Wim Wenders was on hand to document the occasion. Wenders splits the film between portraits of the performers, who tell their stories directly to the camera as they wander the streets and neighborhoods of Havana, and a celebration of the music heard in performance scenes in the studio, in their first concert in Amsterdam, and in their second and final concert at Carnegie Hall. The songs are too often cut short in this fashion, but Buena Vista Social Club is not a concert film. Wenders weaves the artist biographies with a glimpse of modern Cuba remembering its past, capturing a lost culture in music that is suddenly, unexpectedly revived for audiences in Havana and around the world. Wenders makes his presence practically invisible, as if his directorial flourishes or off-screen narration might deflect attention from the artists, who do a fine job of telling their own stories through interviews and music. It's a loving portrait of a master class in Cuban music, with a vital cast of aging performers whose energy and passion belie their years. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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hot they were in their heyday. I f you lke latin music this is a 'must have'. One minor criticism on the CD case....very cheap.
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our original got lost when we moved so happy to have it again, we watch it over & over and never tire of it .Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is great to see these superb musicians in action, how they have fun, and to hear what is behind their music.Published 16 months ago by Jiri Soukup
This DVD came out of the U.K. market. I didn't know that I would
be unable to view it on my DVD player due to region blocks...............very disappointing! Read more
I really enjoyed the movement through Cuba, from the gathering of musicians, what they are about, the studio work and the concert. Read morePublished on June 30 2013 by Leigh Cassidy
I already had this film on VHS but this concert is really a jewel, so I'll look at it over and over. A musical treasurePublished on Feb. 10 2013 by Alfred Martel
WOW! I didn't know the Buena Vista, and this DVD is just perfect! I'm fascinated by those artists. Also, the DVD shows a lot of Cuban society.Published on April 16 2009 by M. Grenon
I was "introduced" to the Latin music by my Brazilian neighbor, but give Ry Cooder his due folks. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Eric Johnson
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