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Music Makers: Buena Vista Social Club [Import]

4.6 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Ry Cooder, Joaquim Cooder, Ricahrd Eques, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubn Gonzlez
  • Directors: Wim Wenders
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Spanish, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: Jan. 12 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002TVQ4AS
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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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This was an international best seller as well as the cd of music. Guitarist Ry Cooder and his son went to Cuba to rediscover the talents of Cuba's musicians. This DVD also earned a Grammy Award. I loved the scenes of old Havana, many of the older musicians now forgotten were given their chance to shine once again. We are taken to an old studio to hear stories of the artists golden past. Each artist is highlighted and we are given a chance to hear their story and listen to their music. It is amazing that music goers embraced the artists and their music in concerts given in Amsterdam and at Carnegie Hall. Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez, Eliades Ochda, Omara Portondo among others were given their chance to shine in the concerts which gave them a chance to solo and be part of the music ensemble. Kudos to Ry Cooder and Wim Wenders, for this production. Praise to Obama who is doing his best to lift the embargo with Cuba. Hopefully tourists will once again travel to Cuba to enjoy celebrated Cuban musicians.
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Amazing cuban legacy. Kudos and gratitude to Ry Cooder for preserving the work of these talented old guys. I can only imagine how
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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If you have never been to Cuba, this is a mildly amusing documentary about a chapter in the history of carribean music. If, however, you have walked through the neigborhood of Buena Vista on 70th Street in La Habana or watched the sun go down from the Malecón at the mouth of the Rio Almendares this film will make your mouth go dry and your eyes water. Vim Wenders and Ry Cooder, quite by accident discovered a cache of musicians who had played in the forties in a Cabaret called the Buena Vista Social Club that is now long gone. They have common characteristics, they are old, they were forgotten and they were and are incredibly gifted. Some have now died in their eighties and nineties. They were rescued and recorded in the nick of time. The film is apolitical and was shot digitally without apology. The CD from the sound track sold gozillions of copies and raised the export of Cuban music and musicians to be a world treasure. The type of music is called "son" and arose from the Danzon (the big dance) of the early part of the century. Played by three to six musician with uncomplicated instruments, you get to meet each of them individually. Collectively, son is "guajiro" or country boy music. The stars, including Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa and the charming Ibrahim Ferrar will become perpetually embedded in your memory. Until this country comes to its senses you will be deprived of the experience of this touching world, but until then you can enjoy it vicariously at the Buena Vista Social Club.
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A previous writer's comment, "The movie needs a story, a thread going all the way through," illustrates a major difference between North American and Hispanic thinking. While those of northern European descent tend to think and talk in a more or less linear fashion, as if following just one thread, Hispanics tend to think and talk as if weaving a tapestry of many threads. This film captures perfectly the tapestry effect in that you are not aware that a story is being told until the final scene at Carnegie Hall, when the impact, and the import, of the entire picture becomes crystal clear. You have to be comfortable with not knowing exactly where you are to handle this kind of exposition. If this is not a story of excellence forgotten and rediscovered, I don't know what it is. These people give me hope; their lives tell so many important stories! If I can create half the beauty in my old age as they do and have done with their music, I'll consider myself successful and fulfilled, indeed.
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A Remarkable documentary for all of the reasons stated by others. A touching tribute to now mostly deceased musicians/singers from Cuba's heyday - well it was a heyday of sorts for those whose fame came from their individual Social Clubs. During the popularity of such clubs, the people Cuba were segregated racially, socially and economically and the only way people of colour could get into upscale places, was as performer or as worker, for they could not attend as patrons. You see the piano virtuosity of Ruben Gonzalez, the sweetness and beauty of Ibrahim Ferrer's singing, the rakish Compay Segundo in his 40's era American car, and his stated wish to have more children at possibly 95? Omara Portuondo's duets with Ibrahim are touching as well as the many other musicians and singers too vast to mention, but what remarkable and touching examples of the human spirit under the worst conditions yet remaining so connected with their craft. Eventually they make it to the Carnegie Hall during which time they ride in a limosine, go to the observation tower of the Empire State Bldg., and walk around at night exclaiming how beautiful it all is, akin to children taking their first train ride. It is a priceless and tear-jerking experience that all who love music must see...it will change your life!
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I was told to watch this DVD by my daughters who were captivated by this documentary of muscial talents. I was not sure I would, could, relate to their "tastes" in musical and artist splender, until I watched the DVD of "The Buena Vista Social Club". Such an amazing story, such brillant musical tallent; it's impossible to describe! You have to see it to "experience" the "Buena Vista Social Club".
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