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  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • With FLAMENCO in 1995 and TANGO in 1998, director Carlos Saura painted pictures of two essential world-music styles. Now with FADOS, the filmmaker finishes his trilogy. This musical chronicles the Portuguese genre from its beginnings in the music of Africa and Brazil to its contemporary artists. FADOS features the talents of Mariza and Caman, and also boasts appearances from the rapping faudistas, including NBC, SP, and Wilson.
  • Critic Reviews
    "Much as he did in his 1990s documentaries SEVILLANAS and FLAMENCO, this veteran Spanish director has, in his latest, created both a tribute to an art form and a performance archive."
    New York Times

    3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Spanish director Carlos Saura's celluloid songbook will speak to ethnomusicologists and cineastes alike."
    Box Office

    "[Saura, who] specializes in elegantly composed performance films, celebrates the bluesy, soul-baring Portugese musical genre known as fado." -- Grade: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[T]here's certainly unfettered passion flowing through each one of the nearly 20 musical numbers in FADOS..."
    Washington Post

    "Saura uses mirrors, scrims, silhouettes, layered images, back projection, overhead shots -- all highly theatrical devices -- yet places them always at the service of the music, singing and dancing; never is his film less than cinematic."
    Los Angeles Times

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