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Buena Vista Social Club [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1999]

  • SKU: 32549827
  • Release Date: 04/18/2017
  • Rating: G
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    Special Features


    • Additional scenes
    • Audio commentary from 1999 featuring director Wim Wenders
    • Interview from 1998 with musician Compay Segundo on his career and the world of Cuban music
    • New interview with Wenders
    • Radio interviews from 2000 featuring musicians Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, and others
    • Trailer

    Synopsis


    Buena Vista Social Club
    Wim Wenders' documentary Buena Vista Social Club is about the adventures of Ry Cooder in Cuba. Cooder, best remembered by film fans for the wailing slide guitar theme of Wenders' Paris, Texas, went to Cuba in 1996 to meet with some legendary 'soneros' musicians of the '30s, '40s and '50s. The result was the album Buena Vista Social Club, recorded with such colorful characters as the 90-year-old singer/guitarist Compay Segundo, guitarist Eliades Ochoa, baritone Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo, "the Cuban Edith Piaf." The album won a Grammy, and in this refreshing documentary, Wim Wenders shows these exceptional musicians in their hometown, following them into their usual hang-outs -- the cafes, clubs and even living rooms -- as well as to concerts in Amsterdam and New York's Carnegie Hall, capturing their incredible vitality. "In Cuba, music flows like a river," according to Ry Cooder, who adds "Music is like a treasure hunt; you dig and dig and sometimes find something." Pursuing this metaphor, Wenders wanted to make a film that would "just float on this river ... not interfering with it, just drifting along." The result is a film full of vitality and positive energy, which is also an absolute delight to musical ears. ~ Gönül Dönmez-Colin, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


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      Ry Cooder
    • Compay Segundo
      Compay Segundo
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      Ibrahim Ferrer
    • Image coming soon
      Eliades Ochoa
    • Omara Portuondo
      Omara Portuondo



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      Good Documentary to own

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      A great look into the dying age of music in Cuba. It's great to see and hear all of the old greats perform one last time and documenting their time touring around the globe for the first time. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a good look into history and music.

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