Calle 54

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 47


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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 include two pioneering Latin jazz stars, percussionist Tito Puente and horn player Paquito D'Rivera, as well as father-and-son piano duo Bebo Valdes and Chucho Valdes, Gato Barbieri and his tenor sax, the New York-based ensemble Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, and veteran pianists Chico O'Farrill and Eliane Elias. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Calle 54

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (6)

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

    Jul 18, 2001
  • Collectively, the numbers add up to a triumph of ecstatic mood swinging.

    Jun 28, 2001 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 11, 2001 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4

    Jay Carr

    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.

    May 11, 2001 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 11, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Calle 54

  • Jun 13, 2008
    Latin Jazz in all its color, passion and fury. Fantastic numbers from some of the greatest musicians of the genre.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2007
    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 B Super Reviewer

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