Buena Vista Social Club
Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

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,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: June 4, 1999
DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Landon Palmer

Buena Vista Social Club resonates almost like a diplomatic effort that helped set the stage for a post-revolutionary relationship to Cuba, a rare meeting between neighbors after decades of distance.

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Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media

Cuban musicians tell their life stories.

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

Reflects that flavorful, outspoken, provocative, distinctly Cuban Latino-centricity, a weapon against the prolonged U.S. blockade.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Wenders packs in an impressive amount of experience and, most importantly, secured the place of these amazing musicians in the larger scope of history

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Sean Axmaker

... celebrates the beauty of Cuba's art while showing how it effortlessly crosses cultures.

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Michael Dequina

An affectionate cinematic celebration of that all-but-forgotten music.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
Though I'm not sure Wim Wenders was needed to direct it - I think it was done on handhelds - the subject matter alone is enough to make this documentary… More
Stella Dallas
a lovely film which documents some giants of latin jazz who might have remained relatively unknown outside their home country of cuba. many of them have passed… More
Lucas Martins
The interesting in this documentary, is not just the great cuban music, but the story of each one that is part of Buena Vista, and see how the songs get better… More
Drew Smith
I saw this a few years ago in Spanish class. The movie itself has not really stuck with me, but my friend burned me the soundtrack and I still listen to it to… More
Ross Collins
A documentary of the reformation of Cuba's musical legends into the touring Buena Vista Social Club band. Like many American documentaries it can be a bit… More
Linda K. T.
Great music!