Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro’s takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians’ careers.
Hard to credit that Wenders can still come up with a film that people actually want to see, but this project (handed to him on a plate by Ry Cooder) is a blinder. It documents the second phase in Cooder’s reactivation of a group of elderly soneros musicians in Cuba: a trip to Havana in early 1998 to record with the amazing Ibrahim Ferrer, which prompts a reunion of the musicians who’d worked with Cooder on the original ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ album and leads to SRO concerts in Amsterdam and New York. The film-making is workmanlike and never gets in the way of the pleasure of seeing these incredible oldsters getting the standing ovations they’ve deserved all their lives.
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2. Audio Commentary (English)
1.71GB | 1h 40m | 1024×576 | mkv