Buena Vista Social Club
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In 1996 Ry Cooder gathered together some of the greatest names from the history of Cuban music to collaborate on the best selling and Grammy winning album The Buena Vista Social Club. This ground-breaking documentary, inspired by the album, includes appearances by legendary performers Ry & Joaquim Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzales, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo and many other renowned Cuban Musicians.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the best and most impactful docus of the 1990s, Wim Wenders exhilarating feature is at once a trbute to a pre-Castro generation of musicians as well as a largely bygone genre."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An affectionate cinematic celebration of that all-but-forgotten music."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Wenders... is not interested in too many hows, whys, whens, or wheres. He simply wants to spotlight this band and its stories, and he succeeds."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The music is incredible enough on its own--but the lives and the culture behind it, that's what makes this documentary a must-see."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"Wenders is clearly an outsider-looking-in."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Cuban musicians tell their life stories."
‑ Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media
"Reflects that flavorful, outspoken, provocative, distinctly Cuban Latino-centricity, a weapon against the prolonged U.S. blockade."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"Musically impressive but somewhat overpraised documentary"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"A relaxed and entertaining documentary about a group of talented Cuban musicians."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A joyous tribute to a group of humble but true artists."
‑ Rod Granger, Film Journal International
"... celebrates the beauty of Cuba's art while showing how it effortlessly crosses cultures."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"Cooder is obviously enthralled by the music and the musicians, but it's hardly communicated in a clubby film record that's likely to win few fans outside aficionados."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"A beautiful, touching, and perfectly tuned documentary into Cuban music."
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"It is a nearly perfect collection of music. The film of the same name, however, is deeply flawed."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"If there is a predominant theme in this music, it is the bittersweet love lyric - love and passion found, love lost, time passing by."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
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