Calle 54
Calle 54 (2001)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: May 11, 2001
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A loving tribute to Latin Jazz artists where music does the talking.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

As much a thrill to watch as it is to listen to, a rare combination for a concert film.

Jay Carr
Boston Globe

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.

Emanuel Levy

Clearly a labor of love, Fernando Trueba's docu is a great chronicle of Latiz jazz, its history, performers, and enduring appeal.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Collectively, the numbers add up to a triumph of ecstatic mood swinging.

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John Zebrowski
Seattle Times

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.

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Joshua Tanzer

You can find half a dozen things to complain about and yet enjoy every minute of the film completely.

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Fernando Gonzalez
Washington Post

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.

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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Frank Ochieng

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Latin Jazz in all its color, passion and fury. Fantastic numbers from some of the greatest musicians of the genre.
John Ballantine
This is to be a tale of African influences on Hispanic music in the Caribbean although it is mainly a profile of Tito Puente. I don't kow. Maybe something… More