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Calle 54 (2001)

Calle 54



Critic Consensus: A loving tribute to Latin Jazz artists where music does the talking.

Movie Info

Filmmaker Fernando Trueba was introduced to Latin jazz in the 1980s, when he was beginning his career as a director, and he has since become a devoted fan of the music. After employing noted jazz artists to score some of his films, Trueba took his love of the music one step further with the documentary Calle 54, in which he gathered together a number of his favorite Latin jazz artists for a series of interviews and performances at the Sony Music recording studios in New York City. The artists … More

Rating: G
Genre: Documentary , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Fernando Trueba
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 13, 2001
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Critic Reviews for Calle 54

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (23)

As much a thrill to watch as it is to listen to, a rare combination for a concert film.

Full Review… | July 18, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Collectively, the numbers add up to a triumph of ecstatic mood swinging.

Full Review… | June 28, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

This is one fan's valentine to the music he loves. It just happens that the fan is a terrific filmmaker and the music loves him back.

Full Review… | June 11, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Although it isn't the human-interest story that Buena Vista Social Club was, Fernando Trueba's Calle 54 is the next best thing to that milestone musical documentary.

May 14, 2001
Boston Globe
Top Critic

What makes Calle 54 great is precisely what's missing from the other. Trueba shows us the creative act of playing music, not just a bunch of famous folks performing.

Full Review… | May 11, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It is easy to imagine Calle 54 having a long shelf life on home video after its run in theaters. It can be played over and over again with increasing satisfaction.

Full Review… | May 11, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Calle 54

Latin Jazz in all its color, passion and fury. Fantastic numbers from some of the greatest musicians of the genre.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

This is to be a tale of African influences on Hispanic music in the Caribbean although it is mainly a profile of Tito Puente. I don't kow. Maybe something was lost in translation but I was expecting more.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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