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Buena Vista Social Club

Wim Wenders |USA |1999 |105min
Language: English and Spanish with subtitles


May 8:5:00 pm, 7:00 pmMay 9:5:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Traveling from the streets of Havana to the stage of Carnegie Hall, this revelatory documentary captures a forgotten generation of Cuba’s brightest musical talents as they enjoy an unexpected encounter with world fame. The veteran vocalists and instru­mentalists collaborated with American guitarist and roots-music champion Ry Cooder to form the Buena Vista Social Club, playing a jazz-inflected mix of cha-cha, mambo, bolero, and other traditional Latin American styles, and recording an album that won a Grammy and made them an international phenomenon. In the wake of this success, director Wim Wenders filmed the ensemble’s members—including golden-voiced Ibrahim Ferrer and piano virtuoso Rubén González—in a series of illuminating interviews and live performances. The result is one of the most beloved documentaries of the 1990s, and an infectious ode to a neglected corner of Cuba’s prerevolutionary heritage.–The Criterion Collection

“It is nearly impossible to watch this documentary without being moved.”—Independent Film Critic

“Just watching it, the feet dance, the heart rejoices…No music lover should pass up the chance to see Buena Vista Social Club.”—San Fransisco Chronicle

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