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Buena Vista Social Club

Wim Wenders

Buena Vista Social Club (Criterion Blu-Ray)

18 Apr 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • United States, Cuba, France, Germany, United Kingdom
  • 1999
  • 105 minutes
  • Color
  • Spanish, English
  • Spine #866

Traveling from the streets of Havana to the stage of Carnegie Hall, this revelatory documentary captures a forgotten generation of Cuba’s brightest musical talents as they enjoy an unexpected encounter with world fame. The veteran vocalists and instru­mentalists collaborated with American guitarist and roots-music champion Ry Cooder to form the Buena Vista Social Club, playing a jazz-inflected mix of cha-cha, mambo, bolero, and other traditional Latin American styles, and recording an album that won a Grammy and made them an international phenomenon. In the wake of this success, director Wim Wenders filmed the ensemble’s members—including golden-voiced Ibrahim Ferrer and piano virtuoso Rubén González—in a series of illuminating interviews and live performances. The result is one of the most beloved documentaries of the 1990s, and an infectious ode to a neglected corner of Cuba’s prerevolutionary heritage.


DirectorWim Wenders
Produced byUlrich Felsberg and Deepak Nayar
Executive producerNick Gold
Director of photography and Steadicam operator (Cuba)Jörg Widmer
Director of photography (Amsterdam)Robby Müller
Steadicam operator (Amsterdam)Jörg Widmer
Director of photography (New York)Lisa Rinzler
Camera operator (New York)David Waterston
Assistant camera (New York)Richard Rutkowski
Steadicam operator (New York)Stephen Consentino
Concert and studio recordings produced byRy Cooder
Concert and studio recordings executive producerNick Gold
Production soundMartin Müller
EditorBrian Johnson

Disc Features


  • New high-definition digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 1999 featuring director Wim Wenders
  • New interview with Wenders
  • Interview from 1998 with musician Compay Segundo on his career and the world of Cuban music
  • Radio interviews from 2000 featuring musicians Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, and others
  • Additional scenes
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by author and geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

    New cover by Jon Contino

Other Editions

Buena Vista Social Club (Criterion DVD)

18 Apr 2017


2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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