Paco De Lucia: Light & Shade
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This DVD film introduces you to the star everyone reckons they are familiar with from concerts or recordings. But Paco's readiness to allow a highly personal film portrait of himself means that we can gain a background glimpse into the personality of thi
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This is a pretty good documentary about Paco de Lucia.
Here we find many interview sections directly from Paco, friends and family, as well as several video clips from concerts, rehersals, and pictures from his childhood, his family and friends; but in my opinion, in order to turn this documentary from "pretty good" into a "great one", shots about the cities of Algeciras where Paco was born and grew up at, as well as in Madrid should have been added to the documentary, giving it more depth and beauty. I also feel that perhaps at least 1 full song should have been showed in completion instead of many fragmented "short clips" that leave you unsatisfied.
All in all, this is a pretty good documentary taking in consideration that Paco does not offer as many interviews and open TV apparences as we wish, this DVD comes very handy in order to get a closer approach to the man who above any another, exemplifies Flamenco in all its forms; a true institution of beautiful music.
Este es un documental bastante bueno acerca de Paco de Lucia.
Aqui encontramos varias entrevistas directamente de Paco, de sus amigos y familia, asi como video clips de conciertos, ensayos, y fotos de su infancia, de su familia y amigos; pero en mi opinion, para convertir este documental de "muy bueno" a "excelente", filmacion de las ciudades de Algeciras donde Paco nacio y crecio y tambien de Madrid podrian haber sido anexadas a este documental, dandole al mismo, mayor profundidad y belleza. Tambien siento que talvez debieron haber dejado por lo menos 1 cancion completa en vez de varios fragmentos, dejando a uno insatisfecho.
En general, este es un buen documental tomando en cuenta que Paco no ofrece muchas entrevistas ni apariciones en vivo en television como uno quisiera, este DVD viene a ser escencial para mirar de cerca al hombre que mas que ninguno otro, ejemplifica al Flamenco en todas sus facetas; una verdadera institucion de la bella musica.
Unfortunately, this one features some of the most dreadful direction I've ever seen.
Lucía's career may be divided simply into several distinct phases:
• Child prodigy
• Flamenco guitar soloist
• Accompanist to Camarón
• Pop star
• Jazz/fusion guitarist
• Classical guitarist
All of these are presented, but jumbled into a giant dog's breakfast without any apparent system. Even the musical performances are hacked into pieces, shuffled and aleatorically reassembled.
This is a pity, because the DVD contains a great deal of fascinating material, such as a video of Antonio Mairena with Ricardo on guitar, a bulería by Camarón with Paco, and an early juerga at Camarón's home.
Although this is a British production, the sound-track is available in Spanish, English or German; and here we come to another problem. Because when Spaniards are interviewed, we get not subtitles but voice-overs. There are French and Japanese subtitles as well; but even if you choose French subtitles, you still, insanely, get the English voice-overs. I didn't try the Japanese subtitles.
Now, voice-overs are fine when (for example) the BBC is giving you the main points of a speech by the French Prime Minister — that is, for about 30 seconds. But in large doses they're very wearing indeed; and this is particularly unfortunate because this DVD has one of the most interesting interviews with Lucía I've seen (actually, it's more of a fragmented monologue).
Nor can you even skip the interviews and then watch them in the original Spanish, because they've been dismembered and splattered all over the program.
The other main interviewee is Paco's sister María, who perpetuates the story that "Entre dos aguas" was thrown into Fuente y caudal as an afterthought (this despite the fact that it's the first track on the album, it's the only track to feature bass and bongos, and Philips had already been busting its guts trying to sell him to a wider public — successfully this time, of course). Nobody bothers to talk to Ramón or Pepe.
So four stars for the material, one for the production.
The Spanish biography Francisco Sánchez is longer (two DVDs), more interesting, more coherent, features complete performances, and gives you English subtitles (although no German). If you're not a German, then, I would advise you to get that instead — or at least first.
For the future, my (possibly unwanted) advice to the director of "Light and Shade" would be the same as that of the King of Hearts to the White Rabbit: Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end; then stop.
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