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Buena Vista Social Club

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Wim Wenders

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About the Movie

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 brush 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 music documentaries of the 1990s, and an infectious ode to a neglected corner of Cuba’s prerevolutionary heritage.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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91%
  • Reviews Counted: 46
  • Fresh: 42
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A beautiful, touching, and perfectly tuned documentary into Cuban music. – Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia), Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Wenders is clearly an outsider-looking-in. – Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine, Jun 6, 2013

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Independent
  • Released: 1999

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