Buena Vista Social Club

1999

Buena Vista Social Club

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In 1996 Ry Cooder gathered together some of the greatest names from the history of Cuban music to collaborate on the best selling and Grammy winning album The Buena Vista Social Club. This ground-breaking documentary, inspired by the album, includes appearances by legendary performers Ry & Joaquim Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzales, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo and many other renowned Cuban Musicians.

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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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