Telluride Film Fest & Library: Buena Vista Social Club, 1/2/17

Telluride Film Festival’s Cinematheque is collaboration between 
The Telluride Film Festival and Wilkinson Public Library. BUENTA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB  (1997) screens Monday, January 2, 6 p.m. at the Wilkinson Public Library. Rated G, 105 minutes. FREE TO ALL. Scroll down for trailer.

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The Telluride Film Festival and Wilkinson Public Library are pleased to present BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB. The screening concludes the fall/winter edition of  Cinematheque at the Library. The four-part series explores the relationship between film and music, a powerful dynamic that informs a cinematic work of art at its deepest level.

The documentary goes into the dynamics behind the masterful performance by Ry Cooder’s and an ensemble of legendary Cuban musicians who got together to make an album called the Buena Vista Social Club. The film helped the musicians, many of whom were already very old, gain notoriety with a worldwide audience.

“A documentary that mixes music with impressionistic glimpses of urban life in contemporary Cuba, wrote The New York Times. “Filmed in Amsterdam and New York, the concert scenes find the stage awash in such intense joy, camaraderie, and nationalist pride that you become convinced that making music is a key to longevity and spiritual well-being.”

“A poetry of love, longing, and affirmation bleeds through the music of Cuba and some of the best sounds the island ever created are captured with embracing humanity in ‘Buena Vista Social Club,’ the new documentary by Wim Wenders,” SF Gate.

The CD associated with the documentary met with extraordinary critical and popular success. It went on to win a Grammy and helped fuel America’s current love affair with Latin music.

 

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