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Buena Vista Social Club [DVD] [DVD/CD]

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  • No one can recall exactly where the Buena Vista Social Club once stood in pre- revolutionary Havana but Wim Wenders's documentary of a dozen legendary musicians resurrects the magnificent music of the era. Guitarist Ry Cooder assembled the aging singers and musicians for a series of recording sessions. The resulting 1997 album won a Grammy. The music performances are intercut with shots of the performers reminiscing in decaying Havana bars.
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  • Credits
    Ry Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzales
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A valid celebration of musical sophistication and ageless optimism..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Opulent, organic and as intoxicating as a rum binge....Terrific, truly liberating stuff..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
    Total Film

    "...Exhilarating....A documentary that mixes music with impressionistic glimpses of urban life in Cuba..."
    New York Times

    "...One of the most beautiful and poetic documentaries ever made....Oscar-caliber sound recording of the live performances, coupled with a spectacularly rich sound mix, provide the cherry atop this enriching and rewarding musical feast..." -- 5 out of 5 stars
    Box Office

    "...Wistfully sweet....There are lots of fascinating shots of modern-day Havana..."
    USA Today

    "...Marvelous....BUENA VISTA creates a completely relaxed, welcoming feeling that couldn't be more inclusive..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Exhilarating....It's a remarkable story that culminates in an ecstatically received performance in New York's Carnegie Hall....It's also fiercely uplifting. It's been a long time since a film imparted such unshakable good feelings..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "Watching the movie can induce rapture....It's a labor of love prompted by Mr. Cooder's labor of love, and the most intensely emotional work of the director's career."
    Wall Street Journal

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