The picture is bound to draw comparisons to The Buena Vista Social Club, if only for the subject matter. But this film is a completely different take and is not the work of archivists falling in love with a crumbling city and musicians with the grace of natural stars waiting to be rediscovered. Calle 54 is closer in spirit to The Last Waltz in that it mounts a respectful staging of the songs by its performers with an ease and classiness not lavished on jazz since the black-and-white jazz shorts of the 1930's and 40's. Extravagant color stage sets and powerful talent should leave you wide-eyed and hungry for more.
Documentary on the history of Latin Jazz
Musician bios and discographies
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
- 1.78 : 1
- Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
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