Calle 54
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As much a thrill to watch as it is to listen to, a rare combination for a concert film."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Although it isn't the human-interest story that Buena Vista Social Club was, Fernando Trueba's Calle 54 is the next best thing to that milestone musical documentary."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Clearly a labor of love, Fernando Trueba's docu is a great chronicle of Latiz jazz, its history, performers, and enduring appeal."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Calle 54 could make you feel hot, nostalgic and possessive about this music."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"The music at times seems to hover above its roots and appears detached from the characters ... creating it."
‑ Mike Bell, Jam! Movies
"Collectively, the numbers add up to a triumph of ecstatic mood swinging."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"What makes Calle 54 great is precisely what's missing from the other. Trueba shows us the creative act of playing music, not just a bunch of famous folks performing."
‑ John Zebrowski, Seattle Times
"You can find half a dozen things to complain about and yet enjoy every minute of the film completely."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"For much of its 105 minutes, it simply sizzles with sophisticated passion."
‑ Doug Fischer, Ottawa Citizen
"An audio-visual delight of a documentary."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"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."
‑ Fernando Gonzalez, Washington Post
"It is easy to imagine Calle 54 having a long shelf life on home video after its run in theaters. It can be played over and over again with increasing satisfaction."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"A festive experience for those who are willing to embrace Latin jazz, but it doesn't reveal anything beyond a peek at a two hour celluloid concert in session."
‑ Frank Ochieng,
"There is much to be said for a music film that seems to be playing directly to us, the viewers."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"It is simply awe-inspiring to watch some of these musicians, to see their passion and energy."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
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