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Buena Vista Social Club Details

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Wim Wenders' documentary Buena Vista Social Club is about the adventures of Ry Cooder in Cuba. Cooder, best remembered by film fans for the wailing slide guitar theme of Wenders' Ry Cooder, went to Cuba in 1996 to meet with some legendary 'soneros' musicians of the '30s, '40s and '50s. The result was the album Buena Vista Social Club, recorded with such colorful characters as the 90-year-old singer/guitarist Compay Segundo, guitarist Eliades Ochoa, baritone Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo, "the Cuban Edith Piaf." The album won a Grammy, and in this refreshing documentary, Wim Wenders shows these exceptional musicians in their hometown, following them into their usual hang-outs -- the cafes, clubs and even living rooms -- as well as to concerts in Amsterdam and New York's Carnegie Hall, capturing their incredible vitality. "In Cuba, music flows like a river," according to Ry Cooder, who adds "Music is like a treasure hunt; you dig and dig and sometimes find something." Pursuing this metaphor, Wenders wanted to make a film that would "just float on this river ... not interfering with it, just drifting along." The result is a film full of vitality and positive energy, which is also an absolute delight to musical ears. ~ Gönül Dönmez-Colin, Rovi

  • Release date:June 4, 1999

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ry Cooder Best Film Music 1999 Nominee
National Board of Review Wim Wenders Best Documentary 1999 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Wim Wenders Best Documentary Feature 1999 Nominee

Crew

Wim Wenders
Director
Deepak Nayar
Producer
Ulrich Felsberg
Producer
Ry Cooder
Producer
Lisa Rinzler
Cinematographer
Joerg Widmer
Cinematographer
Robby Müller
Cinematographer
Brian Johnson
Editor
Rosa Bosch
Associate Producer
Ulrich Felsberg
Executive Producer
Walter Mueller
Sound/Sound Designer
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