Buena Vista Social Club

1999, Music/Documentary, 1h 41m

48 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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This documentary by lauded German filmmaker Wim Wenders follows renowned guitarist Ry Cooder and his son, Joachim, as they travel to Cuba and assemble a group of the country's finest musicians to record an album. Among the artists included in the project are singer Ibrahim Ferrer and pianist Rubén González, who are both interviewed and featured in studio footage. Eventually the ensemble travels to the United States to perform in front of rapt audiences.

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  • Nov 29, 2018
    The music is definitely wonderful, and it is more than a pleasure to listen to these musicians talk about their lives; but it is hard to overlook Wenders' weird direction, with his annoying camera circling around them all the time, and the excess of attention he pays to Ry Cooder.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2011
    The interesting in this documentary, is not just the great cuban music, but the story of each one that is part of Buena Vista, and see how the songs get better with they experience of living. Terrific photography.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 2009
    A documentary of the reformation of Cuba's musical legends into the touring Buena Vista Social Club band. Like many American documentaries it can be a bit too sycophantic at times, but it's a lovely insight into the Cuban people behind the music as well as a nice music video of their tour.
    Ross C Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2008
    a lovely film which documents some giants of latin jazz who might have remained relatively unknown outside their home country of cuba. many of them have passed on now but will live on thanks to wim wenders and ry cooder, who was fined by u.s. government for his work on this project!
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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