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BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Ry Cooder and Wim Wenders have known each other for 20 years, and worked together on the feature films Paris Texas and The End of Violence. Cooder enthused Wenders with his experiences in Cuba, and wanted to record an album with veteran Ibrahim Ferrer, and all the musos who played on the Grammy winning Buena Vista Social Club album of 1997. This time Wenders a small film crew accompanied Cooder to Cuba, to record the 'members' of that old club, musos who had started out playing in what is now a dilapidated old house in Havana, which once resounded to their fabulous music.

"This is really a music loverís movie, or a movie loverís musical movie. Not a musical, of course. The sublime, gently erotic, often musically Ďhotí sounds of the venerable Cuban maestros of the once famous, now defunct, Buena Vista Social Club of Havana. The journey taken is not to try and rediscover old haunts and old sounds, but to reaffirm the glory of music as a part of everyday life. Special music, music with the power to change your mind and change your heart.

The DVD presents the film beautifully in widescreen, with superb surround sound that is especially good fun at moments in the streets of Havana, as well as in the music sessions. Additional scenes include two musical sets: one is a performance in Amsterdam (of Candela!) and the other a recording session (of Cienfuegos).

It's gentle and warm and human and generous. It ainít rock n' roll, but it ainít half hearted, either, as I said in my review of the film when it was released theatrically. I also said: It's a series of mini concerts and recordings, as well as a pastiche of personal profiles, and a celebration of a music that is totally captivating. In the process, the film reminds us of the enormous riches to be found in the life experience - and musicianship - of many older folk. It'll surprise you."
Andrew L. Urban

AWARDS:
Audience Award, 1999 Edinburgh Film Festival
Best Documentary, 1999 Melbourne Film festival
Best Documentary, 1999 Noosa Film Festival

Publication date: January 4, 2001

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BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB (G)
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DOCUMENTARY FEATURING: Ry Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzales, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo

PRODUCED BY: Ry Cooder
RUNNING TIME: 117 minutes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Dendy
DVD RELEASE: November 10, 2000

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