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(out of 5)


The music in Fernando Trueba’s tribute to his favourite Latin jazz artists couldn’t be better, but without any personal statements or stories from any of the featured players it emerges only a mildly satisfying documentary that pales in comparison to the delightful Buena Vista Social Club.  However, critics of Wim Wenders’ Cuban jazz documentary who were annoyed with him cutting in between musical numbers to interview its stars will be delighted by Trueba’s completely undisturbed and interrupted performances, featuring some artists (Tito Puente, etc.) who truly are quite magnificent at what they do. The film could definitely have been shorter though, and Trueba never really makes a strong enough point about all these artists he admires so.


Cinétévé, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, SGAE, Arte France Cinéma, Canal+, Televisión Española, Vía Digital, Fandango, Tequila Gang

Spain/France/Italy/Mexico/Belgium, 2000

Directed by

Screenplay by Fernando Trueba

Cinematography by 

Produced by , , Fernando Trueba

Music by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 2000

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