As a hall fills with performers, a narrator says that flamenco came from Andalucia, a mix of Greek psalms, Mozarabic dirges, Castillian ballads, Jewish laments, Gregorian chants, African ... See full summary »
La Paquera de Jerez,
After "Sevillanas", "Flamenco" or "Fados, Carlos Saura gets once again behind the cameras to shoot a musical documentary about la Jota, the traditional dance and folk music from his ... See full summary »
In a Gypsy village, the fathers of Candela and José promise their children to each other. Years later, the unfaithful José marries Candela but while defending his lover Lucía in a brawl, he... See full summary »
Laura del Sol
Young doctor Fabian travels to Lisbon to win back his ex-girlfriend Doro. While the two of them are gradually getting closer again they are being haunted by their fears. Fabian's jealousy once again puts their relationship to the test.
The story of Salomé told as one of extreme love and vengeance. A director prepares a troupe of flamenco dancers for a performance. He summarizes the story and describes his spring for the ... See full summary »
Having taken on flamenco ("Sevillanas") and tango ("Tango"), Carlos Saura tackles a third great melancholy music style, directing "Fados," a celebration of Portugal's classic, lamenting acoustic folk songs. The film combines fado performances from top artists, dance from Portugal, Brazil and Cape Verde and archive footage. In the song centrepieces, artists deliver contemporary versions of fado classics. Lined up fadistas include young female star Mariza as well as Grammy award-winner Carlos do Carmo. Renowned diva Amália Rodrigues is remembered through arquive footage while the exploration of fado's influences and roots gives opportunities to embrace prestigious Brazilian performers Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque and the emerging Cape Verdean star Lura.
this film is insulting. Fado is amazing music to be savored with a glass of wine or beer in a casa de fado or bar, it is not ballet or modern dance music. Saura had to extend his flamenco ideas (flamenco can be music and dance) to fado which apparently he doesn't understand and underestimates. It is just ridiculous having lovely svelte bodies twirling around with this music, some of which, in fact, is poorly chosen. Sorry, I love Chico and Caetano, but really, in a fado film? Give me a break. I've been to fado joints up and down the length of Portugal and 90 minutes in any single one of those was better than this nearly insufferable travesty. Also, in the version I watched, the song titles were displayed, but not the artists' names. Huh? Too bad he couldn't have thought this through a bit better. Has Saura ever been to Lisbon??????
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