Calle 54 (2001)



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

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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 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
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for Calle 54

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (20)

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Full Review… | June 5, 2008
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Full Review… | August 21, 2004
Globe and Mail
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August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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As much a thrill to watch as it is to listen to, a rare combination for a concert film.

July 18, 2001
Toronto Star
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Collectively, the numbers add up to a triumph of ecstatic mood swinging.

Full Review… | June 28, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
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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
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Audience Reviews for Calle 54

(***): [img][/img] Don't expect a truly insightful documentary about Latin Jazz here. This film is more about the music itself and you get plenty of that here!


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

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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Giovanni Hidalgo is amazing playing with Tito Puente. Excellent improvisation from Bebo Valdez and his son Chucho. Patato on the congas. A must see!

Matias Plada
Matias Plada

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