Fados

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Zeitgeist Films Released 2009

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Director:
Carlos Saura
Released:
2009
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Fados is a 2007 Spanish feature film written and directed by Carlos Saura and co-directed by Ivan Dias. It is an exposition of Portugal's most famous musical genre, the fado. The film includes a number of Portuguese movies, songs and dances. The movie is also a documentary and explores the background of the growth of fado and the impact Brazilian and African music and culture have had on the modern growth of the fado genre. The movie takes place in modern Lisbon, Portugal. The movie itself is the third in a series of films capturing the musical traditions of the part of the world; it follows Flamenco (1995) and Tango (1998), two other musical documentary films directed by Carlos Saura. Fados also features musical hits by famous composers, including contemporary artists, Mariza and Camane. It also showcases more traditional artists like Maria Severa, Amalia Rodrigues and Alfredo Marceneiro, along with clips of modern styles like reggae and hip hop.

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  • 83

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Fados connects today's leading interpreters with legendary fadistas of the past. And it's the last title to be released under the banner of the venerable New Yorker Films.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A centerpiece of the film is a tribute to the late, legendary Amália Rodrigues, a woman of commanding, majestic beauty and presence, who is seen with her pianist in rehearsal, sea...

  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    This veteran Spanish director has, in his latest, created both a tribute to an art form and a performance archive.

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Arts, Comedy, Music

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Musicals