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Latcho Drom (1993)

The journey of the Romany people told through musicians and dancers of India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain.

Director:

Tony Gatlif

Writer:

Tony Gatlif

Star:

La Caita
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Cast

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Storyline

The film takes the viewer on a journey west, from India to Spain, with stops along the way, to dramatize Romany's nomadic culture. This journey takes place over a year's time, from summer through fall and winter to spring. Gatlif holds his camera on the elemental essentials of this life: water, the wheel, fire, beasts of burden and of sustenance, colorful clothes, jewelry, musical instruments, song, and dance. Throughout, via song and dance, young and old celebrate, embody, and teach the cultural values of family, journey, love, separateness, and persecution. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary | Music

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Country:

France

Release Date:

4 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Safe Journey See more »

Filming Locations:

Egypt See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,026,174
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Second movie of Tony Gatlif's trilogy on the Gypsy people. It was preceded by Les princes (1983) and followed by The Crazy Stranger (1997). See more »

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just loved it!
23 December 2011 | by SherparsaSee all my reviews

the perhaps curious life of the nomadic Roma people has always been a great topic of interest to me since my childhood, basically because of their fascinating and enchanting music, aside from their free living style ...

so, when this movie started, so beautifully with the nomadic Roma of Rajasthan in India, showing their ritualistic singing and dance and everything in their chaotic desert dwelling, i just felt hooked up to keep watching, and that i did until the very last minutes of this truly great documentary.

i have to admit i had not been impressed by any movie for a long time indeed. well worth the time spent and i'm sure i'll be able to watch this movie again and again once in a while in future ...

this will be a great piece of evidence to keep for anyone as a historical document portraying a much ignored (albeit admired-by-some) tribe's life ...


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