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5.0 out of 5 stars GYPSY MUSIC AT ITS BEST !
Cannes Film Festival
Year
1993 Un Certain Regard Award WON

National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA
Year
1996 Special Citation Award WON

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Celebrating a way of life over 1000 years old, Tony Gatlif's visually ravishing chronicle is an adventurous and unforgettable cinematic experience. A musical journey...
Published on 5 Dec. 2011 by FIRTH PARK

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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor presentation
I've seen Latcho Drom repeatedly pack a large cinema like no other film but this DVD is a poor presentation of a wonderful work. The widescreen image is shown in a 4:3 frame resulting in large black bars on all four sides of the picture unless the display's zoom features are employed in which case the image becomes a blurry mess. The English subtitles are risible and the...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GYPSY MUSIC AT ITS BEST !, 5 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Latcho Drom (1993) Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible DVD. Written and Directed by Tony Gatlif. Starring La Caita. (DVD)
Cannes Film Festival
Year
1993 Un Certain Regard Award WON

National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA
Year
1996 Special Citation Award WON

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Celebrating a way of life over 1000 years old, Tony Gatlif's visually ravishing chronicle is an adventurous and unforgettable cinematic experience. A musical journey through the eyes and ears of Romany's nomadic culture, Latcho Drom, or "Safe Journey", transcends language and culture, spanning the four seasons as told through the musicians and dancers of India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain. For these people, music, song and dance are food for the soul: the narratives in which they express their joy and suffering, chronicle their histories, and teach the cultural values of family, journey, love, separateness, and persecution. An enchanting film with passionate dance sequences and dramatic music it is sure to bring out the gypsy in everyone.
ASIAN IMPORT DVD ......LANGUAGE FRENCH/ROMANY ETC with ENGLISH/KOREAN SUBTITLES
The subtitles are very infrequent but this mainly a music film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romani musical journey, 17 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Latcho Drom (1993) Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible DVD. Written and Directed by Tony Gatlif. Starring La Caita. (DVD)
This is a film that slowly entranced me, after I'd got over my initial puzzlement and irritation about shockingly bad subtitles. Latcho Drom is a mesmerising visual and musical feast, a film about different tribes of gypsies' travels through different countries. The music is wonderful, as are the colours and the images. But don't expect to be given or told an easy story - there's no storyline as such, rather the entire film is a metaphor. And the scanty subtitles are DIRE - usually meaningless, badly spelled, and at one point providing a website address instead of a song lyric! Having said that, once you're absorbed in the film they don't really matter too much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor presentation, 2 Sept. 2013
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I've seen Latcho Drom repeatedly pack a large cinema like no other film but this DVD is a poor presentation of a wonderful work. The widescreen image is shown in a 4:3 frame resulting in large black bars on all four sides of the picture unless the display's zoom features are employed in which case the image becomes a blurry mess. The English subtitles are risible and the sound is disappointing too alas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historically fascinating, 12 Aug. 2013
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Gatlif has directed several films putting Romani music at the heart of them ( most notably 'Exiles' starring everyone's favourite Romain Duris, and the brilliant 'Swing'). Latcho Drom is my preferred Gatlif film, and is documentary style with very little dialogue - so the Korean bad subtitles weren't a particular nuisance. This is a visual and musical feast, we are taken on the Gypsy route from India, across to Turkey, through Eastern Europe, middle Europe, Frsnce and eventually to Spain ; and the connection between Indian music/dance and flamenco becomes utterly apparent, as does a culture, and sadly, a whole history of persecution. Lovers of this film should also enjoy Jasmine Dellal's 'Gypsy Caravan: Where The Road Bends', which is less historical but shows similar links and gives a fascinating insight into modern Romani culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece in sound and moves and colours, 28 Nov. 2013
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Roma culture filmed at its very best, but also with warts and all. Together with Time of the Gipsies and Black Cat,White Cat it forms a trilogy that portrays Roma tirbes and clans doing what they can do better than most, entertain and enthrall us
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing, 30 Jun. 2013
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What a fantastic film, absolutely amazing - for music lovers world wide. A revelation in celebrating music and the power it has to take our the soul !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film about the gipsies destiny, 17 May 2015
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I haven't seen this copy yet, but know the film - it is exellent
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A film which fails to inform and engage, despite the rich collection of diverse Romani music presented., 17 Dec. 2014
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I have recordings of Taraf de Haidouks and attended a live concert at Warwick Arts Centre, UK, so I had great expectations of this film which appeared more like a travelogue than a hoped for in-depth study of Romani history.

It is worth seeing/hearing. There are set piece, music performances, as we follow the Romani ancestral journey out of Hindustan (where they were expelled by local rulers for failing to settle on given land, about a 1,000 years ago) . The film takes off when we reach Rumania and where the performances are intense, exhilarating and communal. However, it still doesn't match the brilliance of Taraf de Haidouks as witnessed live, or heard on CD (Band of Gypsies). I'd hoped for more!!!
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