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  • Summary: This ground-breaking documentary, inspired by the album, includes appearances by legendary performers Ry & Joaquim Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzáles, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo and many other renowned Cuban Musicians. (Artisan Entertainment)
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
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  1. A poetry of love, longing and affirmation bleeds through the music of Cuba, and some of the best sounds the island ever created are captured with embracing humanity.
  2. The concert scenes find the stage awash in such intense joy, camaraderie and nationalist pride that you become convinced that making music is a key to longevity and spiritual well-being.
  3. I've never seen another movie that so clearly expresses the sensual sustenance that great folk culture provides its practitioners.
  4. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    80
    Wenders lets the music and the sprightly people who make it speak for themselves, although the director's ongoing fascination with the urban environment is in top form as the camera serenely cruises the streets of Havana, often at a velvety dusk.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Gehr
    80
    Feels like a timeless blast from the past.
  6. Reviewed by: Alejandro Riera
    75
    At the end, we're left with a desire to hear even more of this music and hang out a little longer with these musicians.
  7. Reviewed by: Norman Green
    50
    Lacks dramatic tension and fails to bring this great music alive. It does not sing.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 4