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  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0006FO5K0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,584 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Discover the real music of Cuba presented with archival film footage of it's great artists and interviews with those who keep and perpetuate this classic sound of Latin music. 90 minute documentary featuring Beny More, Silvio Rodriguez, Omara Portuondo, P

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Fitter on 29 Dec. 2008
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I recently travelled to Cuba mainly to hear some of the country's amazing music and see some live bands and singers. On my return I bought this DVD in order to find out more and now wish I hadn't! It claims to be a history of Cuban music but it certainly isn't. It's poorly shot, badly edited and the subtitling is a disgrace - they even mis-spell Omara Portuondo's name!! The quality of the archive material is just dreadful and should not have been used. On top of sitting through this pile of garbage, the quality of my copy was almost unwatchable as it had a yellow tinge to all the footage. It pretentiously claims to be "A Phillipe Blot Film". M. Blot should be ashamed!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
An Unfortunate Mess 20 Jan. 2007
By RMS - Published on
To speak of Cuban music is to tell an amazing story, and sadly, this documentary is entirely devoid of story-telling. A jumble of archival footage and strange, "filler" material of random Cuban scenes, "Cubanissimo" unravels from the very start with its lack of chronology, terrible editing and incompetent subtitles (not only misspellings but completely nonsensical in places). While certainly well-intentioned, this film cannot portray the wonders of Cuba's music and music-makers. Of the 90 minutes, the only highlights come sporadically - such as the vintage footage of "Feeling" queen Omara Portuondo (so folks can se her true roots before the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon), and the one-and-only Benny More. It seems as though no one associated with the production of the film did any real research - all they needed to do was read something by Maria Teresa Linares, Helio Orovio, Leonardo Acosta or any number of Cuban musicologists to get a sense of WHY the history of Cuban music is relevant, unique and highly-influential. This film will only confuse anyone seeking to learn anything about the island's music and mystery.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
History of Cuban Music 16 Nov. 2004
By Cubanpete - Published on
Great DVD with great footage from Cuba. Cubanissimo covers all the Cuban genres in this DVD. contains footage of Beny More, Omara Portuondo, Pablo Milanes and many more.

Highly recomended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Priceless footage of Cuban musical history 25 Sept. 2008
By Doctor B - Published on
Artsy,Yes,meandering,Yes.This montage of the different styles of Cuban music has footage by unknown Cuban artists that made me slam Google for info on who they were and what they accomplished. Poverty,Yes,Hardships, Yes. The people of Cuba are some of the greatest dancers in the world and to see the smiles on their faces when they Rhumba is worth a million dollars.The scene where Omara Portuondo is singing with a male companion and shaking her finger as if scolding, laid bare the origins of Boleros for what they are: conversations. The player calliope is one of the most futuristic instruments I've ever seen. This DVD says more about Cuban music than any other DVD I've collected looking for the source of the various styles. It's quirky and rough, but the musical scenes are sharp and crisp and to learn about Senen Saurez alone was worth the cost of the purchase.
Disappointed 31 Dec. 2006
By Travelling - Published on
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I bought this for my son for Christmas, he just returned from a semester in Cuba...he said the DVD was awful.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
wonderfull 16 Nov. 2004
By A. Cohen - Published on
be able to see the people who made the cuban music is simply extraordinary
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