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90 min. approx.
Cooder has composed the musical score for several Wim Wenders
films including Paris, Texas, and The End of Violence.
Wenders now turns the camera on Cooder.
1996, Ry Cooder gathered together some of the greatest names
from the history of Cuban music from the 30's, 40's and 50's
to collaborate on the best selling and Grammy winning album
The Buena Vista Social Club.
by these colorful characters and their extraordinary music,
Wenders travels to Havana, Cuba to chronicle the cooperation
and camaraderie between Ry Cooder and his veteran friends --
now known in Cuba as "Los Superablos (the Super-Grandfathers)"
-- as well as their dazzling sellout concerts in Amsterdam and
New York's Carnegie Hall in April and July 1998.
explains that he had no concept for the film other than trying
"to do justice to this wonderful, warm, miraculous yet altogether
is a treasure hunt," says Cooder, "you dig and dig and sometimes
you find something."
In Cuba, the music flows like a river," continues Wenders, "I
want to make a film that'll just float on this river -- not
interfering with it, just drifting along."
- Interview with Borders Books