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Fados

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Carlos Saura

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About the Movie

From the award-winning director of "Flamenco" and the Oscar-nominated "Tango," Carlos Saura's ravishing new performance film explores Portugal's most emblematic musical genre with a fusion of cinema, song and dance. Tracing fado from its African and Brazilian origins to the new wave of contemporary fadistas, Saura expands its traditional singer-and-guitar form with infusions of hip hop, flamenco, tango, ballet and reggae—both in sound and movement. He also ingeniously deploys mirrors, back projections, archival footage, expressionistic lighting and lush colors to frame a collection of performances that survey a rich history of this art form. Featuring international superstars such as Caetano Veloso, Lila Downs and Mariza, plus rare footage of the legendary Amália Rodrigues, Fados is a celebration of world music in the fullest sense of the term, and one of the finest musical documentaries to date.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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96%
  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 25
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Fados is Carlos Saura's big-screen film about the musical genre that is the soul music of Portugal. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Mar 6, 2009

Fresh: Never is his film less than cinematic. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Saura is formally ambitious -- a troupe travels through the film, articulating lyrics in dance -- but the movie missteps when departing wholly from the intrinsic nostalgia of its subject. – Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, Mar 4, 2009

Fresh: For those who've never before heard fado, Fados will be a revelation -- a window into a music that (like blues music) can be poetic, heartbreaking, melodramatic and redemptive, all at the same time. – Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 7, 2010

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