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Fados -- A drama steeped in Portugal's Fado music culture.


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Lila Downs ... Herself
Toni Garrido ... Himself
Lura ... Herself
Alfredo Marceneiro ... Himself (archive footage)
Mariza ... Herself
Miguel Poveda ... Himself
Amália Rodrigues ... Herself (archive footage)
Argentina Santos ... Herself
Ana Sofia Varela ... Herself

Caetano Veloso ... Himself

Directed by
Carlos Saura 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ivan Dias 
Carlos Saura 

Produced by
Ivan Dias .... producer
Luís Galvão Teles .... producer
Antonio Saura .... producer
José Velasco .... producer
Cinematography by
José Luis López-Linares 
Eduardo Serra 
Film Editing by
Julia Juaniz 
Production Design by
Carlos Saura 
Makeup Department
Carolina Madera .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Helena Baptista .... production manager
Leslie Calvo .... production manager
Mariana Erijimovich .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Manuel Fernández Pinedo .... second assistant director
Carlos Saura Medrano .... first assistant director
Ângela Sequeira .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Daniel Bekerman .... sound
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
Camera and Electrical Department
Jorge Arribas .... electrician
Pedro Cardeira .... first assistant camera
João Tiago Costa .... camera operator
Sonia Eguren .... second assistant camera
Iana Ferreira .... first assistant camera
Ramiro Sabell hijo .... video assist
Miguel Sales Lopes .... camera operator
Jesús Villafáñez .... gaffer (as Jesús Villafáñez González)
Casting Department
Ángela Martín Suárez-Infiesta .... extras casting
Raúl Pérez Pacheco .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Margarida Leitão .... additional editor
Carolina Martínez Urbina .... assistant editor
Miguel P. Gilaberte .... digital intermediate colorist
Pablo Polo .... on-line editor
Other crew
Aarón Arce Pozueta .... administrative assistant
Nathy Fonseca .... production coordinator
Israel García Fernández .... systems administrator
Mariana Koenders .... production coordinator
Curro Muñoz .... main and end titles

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USA:90 min | Argentina:93 min | Canada:85 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Masterful portrayal of a national art-form, 20 October 2007
Author: freeds from New York City

Of the 5 previously-posted reviews, I thought the one by "sezme" the most perceptive. So far, though, no one has explained that Fado (pronounced fah' doo) is an intimate art form, consisting, at minimum, of a female or male singer accompanied by a plucked-string instrument. The essential accompaniment is the high-pitched, mandolin-like 12-string Portuguese guitar. In most contemporary settings, a conventional ("Spanish") guitar adds the bass notes. The songs are passionate and intense but not necessarily tragic nor somber. One of the film's greatest services is to show, via the excellent subtitles, the sublime folk poetry that makes up much of the lyrics of Fado.

A principal intention of the filmmakers was to present Fado as a trans-cultural phenomenon, an art form which has been translated and transmuted through the cultural lenses of many peoples, especially those of the former colonies of Portugal. They certainly succeeded in this intention, although the various submissions were of varied quality and, obviously, did not suit the taste of some of the reviewers. For me, the low point of the film was the "rap" selection, an abominable form in general and particularly egregious in this setting. The pattern of audience applause after each segment, established at the beginning of the film, was broken here — by my loud "boo" — which elicited knowing chuckles from other members of the audience.

Given the film's scope, it is hard to fault the inclusion of dance. Some of it worked fairly well, other examples not so well. None of the choreography could be called inspired. One advantage of the world-wide excursion through forms of lesser quality, at least for me, was the enhanced joy produced by the return to "pure" Fado, which made up most of the later portion of the film. I especially liked the scene in the "night club," with three Fadistas, two female, one male, engaging in a sort of competitive conversation.

All in all, "Fados" is a rare internationalist endeavor, a film about Portuguese culture made in Spain, where awareness of its less populous neighbor is, perhaps, even lower than that of Canada in the U.S. Allowing for a few misguided camera effects and hokey "fado" incarnations, this film remains a genuine work of art, an expression of overwhelmingly good taste in a time when that is a scarce commodity. Carlos Saura and company should be very proud!

Barry Freed

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