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Buena Vista Social Club

Spine #866

Apr 18, 2017

Number of Discs: 2

  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • English subtitles

Buena Vista Social Club

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Directed By: Wim Wenders
Licensor: HanWay Films

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.

  • Audio commentary from 1999 featuring director Wim Wenders
  • New interview with Wim Wenders
  • We Believe in Dreams, a new piece featuring never-before-seen outtakes from the rehearsals for the Buena Vista Social Club’s Amsterdam concerts
  • Interview from 1998 with musician Compay Segundo on his career and the Cuban music scene
  • Radio interviews from 2000 featuring musicians Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, and others
  • Additional scenes
  • Trailer
  • An essay by author and geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro


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