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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting to grips with Fado, 12 May 2012
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Carlos Saura shows us the emotions and aspirations of ordinary men and women, giving us a glimpse of the many different influences which make Fado what it is today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but could have been greater, 28 Dec 2010
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I have seen and enjoyed all of Carlos Saura's films, so I expected great things from this, his first venture into the Lusophone world. And it is great, with performances and cameos by some of today's greatest fadistas. The dance sequences are very fine, though they have nothing whatever to do with fado and rather spoil the mood. So do several performances by singers like Lila Downs or Chico Buarque, who are not fadistas and whose material is not fado or influences by fado. One even sings in Spanish. Mariza, who is important, was over-exposed. By contrast, Aldina Duarte, one of the finest of today's fadistas, isn't in the film at all. Equally, Misia, the first of the novo-fadistas and a major player in Europe, wasn't there. Some other important singers, like Pedro Moutinho, Carminho, Ana Sofia Varela or Ricardo Ribeiro are stuck into the final Casa do Fado session, with a bit of a song apiece, while Mariza comes in three times. So there is a lot of imbalance. Much more could have been done with the towering figure of Amália Rodrigues. Where were Ana Moura, Katia Guerreiro, and Joana Amendoeiro? And why did Saura not make use of the remarkable performance skills of Yolanda Soares and her dancers? I have given the film 5 stars because so much of the fado material is genuinely great. But it has strange defects. Why, for example, does the DVD not come with the letras, the lyrics for each song, in the way all fado CDs do? My guess is that Saura was out of his depth, something he never is with flamenco. I don't know who advised him, apart from Carlos do Carmo, and I don't understand his motives for using so much non-fado material. In the end, a great film that could have been so much greater
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Journey in The Portuguese Blues, 2 Dec 2009
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Ivan Dias "vanyagrozny" (Lisboa, Portugal) - See all my reviews
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Carlos Saura makes its best Musical since Flamenco and Tango! The Portuguese Music in its finest hour!
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