Carlos Saura, the veteran Spanish director who specializes in elegantly composed performance films, celebrates the bluesy, soul-baring Portuguese musical genre known as fado. The artful documentary, which uses Lisbon as a backdrop and incorporates dance as well as live music, is of historic importance for two reasons: Fados connects today’s leading interpreters with legendary fadistas of the past. And it’s the last title to be released under the banner of the venerable New Yorker Films, for over 40 years the American distributor of some of the world’s greatest filmmakers, including Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Ousmane Sembene, and Roberto Rossellini. B+
Genre: Documentary; Starring: Chico Buarque de Hollanda, CamanÃ©; Director: Carlos Saura; Author: Ivan Dias, Carlos Saura; Release Date Limited: 03/06/2009; Runtime (in minutes): 88; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: New Yorker
Posted March 11 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT
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