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Fados (2007)

Unrated | | Documentary, Musical | 6 March 2009 (USA)
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A drama steeped in Portugal's Fado music culture.

Director:

Carlos Saura
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chico Buarque Chico Buarque ... Himself (as Chico Buarque de Hollanda)
Camané Camané ... Himself
Carlos do Carmo Carlos do Carmo ... Himself
Lila Downs ... Herself
Toni Garrido Toni Garrido ... Himself
Lura Lura ... Herself
Alfredo Marceneiro Alfredo Marceneiro ... Himself (archive footage)
Mariza Mariza ... Herself
Miguel Poveda Miguel Poveda ... Himself
Amália Rodrigues Amália Rodrigues ... Herself (archive footage)
Argentina Santos Argentina Santos ... Herself
Ana Sofia Varela Ana Sofia Varela ... Herself
Caetano Veloso ... Himself
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Storyline

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.

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Country:

Portugal | Spain

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

6 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Фадо See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,823, 8 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$129,150, 28 June 2009
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Foi Na Travessa Da Palha
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Excellent film
9 October 2007 | by lanca-gilSee all my reviews

Film that has to been seen by all Fado-fans. And those who didn't know anything about Fado have to see it, to learn and love it. Very good mix between studio-scenes and scenes filmed in Lisbon. Also the presentation of the old fado legends as Amalia is wonderful. Even the dancing scenes are great, though the dance is not belonging to fado. The appearance of Mariza, Camane and Carlos do Carmo are magnificent. They are the great fado-singers of the past, present and even for the future.I was surprised by the breathtaking scenes with Mariza and Patrick de Bana, I couldn't imagine that fado can be danced too. But Saura tooked his many years experience to make film, which shows not only the traditional fado music, but also the new ways and the relations to African and Brazilian music.


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