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We Are the Music! (1964)

Bola de Nieve , Alejo Carpentier , Rogelio Paris  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bola de Nieve, Alejo Carpentier, Conjunto Folklorico Nacional
  • Directors: Rogelio Paris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012OSGIG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Glorious footage of some of Cuba's greatest musicians...incredibly rare and beautiful. --Film Society of Lincoln Center

The history of cuban music - from a Busby Berkeleyan ballet of African dances to a beachside promenade. --Village Voice

An impressionistic tapestry of musica cubano - top acts in their prime. --Variety

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From the streets of Havana to the back stairsand dressing rooms of a concert hall, into churches and smokey clubs, over the rooftops to a beach at sunsetas a lone couple dance (New York Times), this extraordinary and unique film treats us to a rare panorama of Cuban music and dance from the 1960's. Featuring legendary Cuban musicians as well as vibrant spontaneious performances, We Are the Music captures the mood and vitality of Cuba during its golden period.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A mini-history of Cuban Music - but with a hum. April 9, 2008
This black and white film from 1966 is a mini-history of Cuban music styles - at least those in place during the 1960s. The film "Buena Vista Social Club" has brought a resurgence in interest in the folk music and jazz of Cuba. Director and scriptwriter (though there is no actual script to speak of) Rogelio Paris shows us nearly all the non-Classical music styles of the country. Beginning with an Afro-Cuban folk dance company, we move through Latin jazz, percussive dance, piano jazz (by a guy who combines Louis Armstrong's and Fats Waller's personalities) and Salsa at a Carnival. Between the musical performances - both staged and impromptu - we are given scenes of the neighborhoods (of, I assume, Havana, though not identified) and people in their everyday life - whether doing laundry or playing on the beach.

Though this is an important film that captures the culture, time has not been kind to the print used and it has not been restored in any way. The image is not formatted for TV screens so you lose the original screen titles and there are plenty of scratches. Worse still is that an audible hum runs through most of the soundtrack and is particularly annoying when there is no music playing.

As a bonus feature there is a nice 24-color documentary on female singer Omara Portuondo (from "Buena Vista Social Club"), but again the print is worn with no attempt to clean it up. Thankfully there is no hum here.

Though the package says there are "Biographies & Filmographies", there are none. I, for one, would like to have known a bit more about the musicians featured in the film.

If you have an interest in Cuban culture and music, you will certainly get it here; just don't expect to learn about the musicians or hear anything resembling high fidelity.

Steve Ramm
"anything Phonographic"
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5.0 out of 5 stars We are the Music! April 14, 2010
If you, like me, enjoy afrocaribbean music- salsa, Latin jazz, etc. --, "We are the Music!" (¡Nosotros, la Música!) is for you. And if you, like me, are specially attracted to archival footage about this music, then you will definitely be in heaven with this film, too. "We are the Music!" is a fascinating and precious trip to nostalgia that documents part of Cuba's important musical contribution to the world.

The film was made in Cuba during the sixties, and director Rogelio París, with Odilio Urfe as his musical advisor, takes us to many places in which music was played at the time. The first stop is in a theater, and we enjoy a show by Cuba's legendary Conjunto Folklórico Nacional. Odilio Urfe and his conjunto follows, playing charanga a la francesa., in what appears to be a semi-deserted building. Next comes fantastic footage of singer and pianist Bola de Nieve (Ignacio Villa) entertaining a crowd, performing some classic Cuban songs, like "El Manicero." We then go to the famous night club "La Zorra y el Cuervo," where we enjoy the music of the prestigious Quinteto Instrumental de Música Moderna, with Cuban master Frank Emilio Flynn -- who I had the pleasure of interviewing once -- playing the piano. That show also featured Ana Gloria dancing rumba under de rhythms of Nacho Rivero y su Grupo de Percusión. In addition, there are performances by Elena Bourke, Celeste Mendoza with Embale and Estela, and more. The film passionately closes with the Septeto Nacional de Piñeiro playing at an outdoor event, with the fabulous Felix Chapotin in the trumpet. It was very refreshing to see them performing the original version of the tune that we now know as "Avísale a mi Contrario."

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest films ever made September 9, 2009
I could have said one of the greatest *musical* films ever made, but frankly I think this goes beyond that. I can't think of another musical film where the music and visuals are so superbly interwoven, and the craft of film-making evident here elevates this obscure movie to the most rarefied level.

The black and white cinematography is stunning, from that 60's era of Socialist solidarity cinema that borrowed stylistic elements from Soviet films. There are so many unforgettable images: the dancing couple who made the world disappear, the exhausted rumba dancer, the santeria devotee dancing into a trance-fit, Bola de Nieve before a cozy audience, the swirling sound of the charanga flute filling up an old church ... The list is endless, the visual genius continuously mindboggling.

People I've shown this to have dropped their jaw to the ground. Many people have acknowledged I Am Cuba, made at roughly the same time, for cinematographic mastery, but I would put Nosotros la Musica right there with it, and it's much less bombastic and propagandistic.

Rogelio Paris is recognized as one of the world's great film editors. Watch how people walking in the street - just simple walking - are made to synch with the beautiful piano soundtrack and you might recognize the tremendous artistry involved here.

Musically, I prefer Nosotros la Musica way over the Buena Vista Social Club. Here, Cuban music is shown at its vibrant, youthful peak and within the context of the Cuban people, not as a museum piece or elegiac old-timers fawned over by foreigners.

I'm not sure about the quality of this edition. I was lucky to have seen the movie in a beautiful print at a film festival, and I subsequently bought another DVD edition that was horrid. Will somebody (calling Ry Cooder!) *please* issue a clean, restored version of this absolute masterpiece?
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