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- 16:9 anamorphic presentation, enhanced for widescreen televisions
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- On-set photo gallery
- International trailers
- Director's note from Carlos Saura
Top Customer Reviews
I can already hear the "purists" who will watch this film. "This is not fado because it is not traditional". I am old enough to remember when they said the same things about Amalia, Lucilia and Carlos because each brought their own interpretation to the fado they sang. Fado is a living art form. Not a relick to be preserved untouched in a museum. Carlos Saura has brought us "living Fado" with new and creative variations of music and dance. I hope those who already know fado and those who have yet to experience its magic will experience this film.
Paul Vieira of Greenville, RI and Lisbon, Portugal.
I recently saw a live flamenco performance by Paco Pena (Royce Hall UCLA 2009) it was as spare a set as one could ever imagine, but it was beautifully lit and absolutely magical. This movie does not touch the potential for drama and effect that can be achieved with good lighting and simple set design. There are some interesting video background effects, at times they work, at times they are just distracting or flat. The lens focal lengths used are sometimes just a mistake.
Cinematic shortcomings detract from the real/potential drama of the performances. I found it better to just listen to the film rather than watch. It's just kind of flat looking even when it tries to achieve visual depth and drama. This is a good film to rent or watch as a download from net-flix... but it is definitely not an "owner". check it out somewhere on the web ( like youtube which has trailers and segments) before you drop cash on this one, or buy a cheap and or used copy.
There's a lot of dance action - some works and some really does not work well at all - some of the dancing is not even in time with the music.Read more ›
Want to see fado on film? Watch Diogo Varela Silva's 3-minute short entitled "Fado das Horas"--for free. Want more? Watch anything in the series "Fado Today", or "The Art of Amália".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Of Saura's musical trilogy (with Tango and Flamenco) this is probably the least ellaborate. It has some great performances but lacks a story. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by GatoLB
well, maybe I am a traditional one, but she is far from be Amalia Rodrigues. maybe there is a lack of soulPublished on September 19, 2013 by Romeu França
This is an excellent film. I enjoyed it so much that I bought another copy to give to a friend as a present. She told me she also loved itPublished on June 10, 2013 by balam
First, what this move is not: It is not a documentary. It is not a history. It is not a camera filming your grandmother's fado singers on stage. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Sergio Rodrigues
The DVD don't works and I'l try in several equipments, include in my PC, without success. The DVD run but the image don't appear to be. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by casacurta
This movie, entirely in music, is a colorful review of the fados. It shows interpretations from the Cape Verde Islands, traditional versions, as well as the contemporary. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by Cynthia Cole Berry
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