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Director Wim Wenders accompanied musician Ry Cooder to Cuba to reunite the musicians who played on his best-selling album, 'Buena Vista Social Club'. The band were recording an album with singer Ibrahim Ferrer, and are shown in interview (talking about their lives, careers and personal philosophy), rehearsal and performance, concluding with a final, triumphant concert at Carnegie Hall.
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 neighbourhoods 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 ageing performers whose energy and passion belie their years. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Two types of sound track are interesting, one describes the process of making the film. Great DVD for those interested in Cuba and its musical history. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jana
A very atmospheric evocation of a grindingly poor community enjoying itself. The musicians have great charm and presence and deliver beautiful performances with wit and style. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brian Pickering
Subtitles are only in german language. Can't understand a damn word about the movie.Published 4 months ago by Hannu Rytsy
One-of-a-kind!!! - should be in every person's collection….Published 5 months ago by Raoul Eurenius
Nostalgic depiction of the lives in Cuba of the founders of the music tradition which formed into the Bueno Vista Social Club, as discoverd by Ry Cooder.Published 5 months ago by Pat Sansom
Wonderful music, wonderful story, wonderful buildings and cars, star people. The musical legacy in Cuba is tangible--it's everywhere, and a pleasure. Just back.Published 6 months ago by Allan Arnott