Fados 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… Fados 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… 2009-03-06 Unrated PT88M Documentary Chico Buarque de Hollanda Camané New Yorker
Movie Review

Fados (2009)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Fados | Dance to the music: Carlos Saura's documentary, Fados .
Dance to the music: Carlos Saura's documentary, Fados.
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Mar 06, 2009; Rated: Unrated; Length: 88 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: New Yorker

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+

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Originally posted Mar 11, 2009 Published in issue #1039 Mar 20, 2009 Order article reprints
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