Release Date : Mar 6, 2009 Wide Genre Movie :Documentary,Musical & Performing Arts,Art House & International
Mpaa Rating : Unrated
Actors :Mariza,Camané,Carlos do Carmo,Chico Buarque de Hollanda,Caetano Veloso,Lila Downs,Maria Lura Leon,Miguel Poveda,Cuca,Argentina Santos,Ricardo Ribeiro,Carminho,Vicente da Camara,Maria da Nazare,Pedro Moutinho,Ana Sofia Varela,Toni Garrido,NBC,SP & Wilson,Mario Pacheco
If references to the fado -- an ancient Portuguese form of music -- fail to strike a chord with even the most cultured American viewers, this is only attributable to the genre's longtime obscurity. A Portuguese musical mode borne out of early 19th century Lisbon, and characterized by long, ornate, emotionally heavy ballads lamenting lost loves and shattered dreams, the fado began to experience a stunning and unpredicted resurgence in the early 21st century. Carlos Saura's 2007 documentary Fados captures the musical genre at this point, as it begins to reattain popularity. As the third and concluding installment in the director's "musical trilogy" that began with Flamenco (1995) and Tango (1998), the film first traces the history of the fado form, then moves into a veritable concert of fado all-stars (or fadistas) including Mariza, Camane, Caetano Veloso, and others -- staged and filmed on a succession of elaborate sets such as a recreation of a period Lisbon bar. Saura also works in tributes to such past fado performers as Amália Rodrigues and Chico Buarque. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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New Review For Movie FadosFor those who've never before heard fado, Fados will be a revelation -- a window into a music that (like blues music) can be poetic, heartbreaking, melodramatic and redemptive, all at the same time.
Jonathan Curiel-San Francisco Chronicle
Never is his film less than cinematic.
Kevin Thomas-Los Angeles Times
[Director] Saura's personal love of fado goes back to his youth, and Fados reflects what is clearly his deeply imaginative, inner relationship with the genre's songs about loss, shifting hopes and elusive happiness.
Tom Keogh-Seattle Times
That you very likely know nothing about who those legends are concerns Saura not at all; made for aficionados, Fados is virtually context-free.
Dan Kois-Washington Post
In total, there are more than a dozen performance pieces, all stylishly lensed.
V.A. Musetto-New York Post
Fados is Carlos Saura's big-screen film about the musical genre that is the soul music of Portugal.
Manohla Dargis-New York Times
Celebrates fados, Portugal's traditional music.
Dennis Schwartz-Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The third segment in Carlos Saura's musical trilogy that also includes Flamenco and Tango.
The effect is a coldly theatrical counterpoint to the hot-blooded sentiments. MORE REVIEWS bullet See an archive of recent movie reviews bullet Joe's Movie Lounge blog bullet Reel Time forum bullet Movie showtimes bullet Movie theaters
Joe Williams-St. Louis Post-Dispatch
If you're disquieted by something in your life, 88 minutes with this collection of Fados will calm your innermost travails, guaranteed.
Jules Brenner-Cinema Signals
Fados is basically a collection of musical performances by two dozen practitioners of the form, but Saura always finds a way to make it cinematic.
Robert W. Butler-Kansas City Star
Fados isn't just a director's look at one genre of music, it's a celebration of the special relationship between music, dance and film.
Sean Gandert-Paste Magazine
A soulful and enchanting celebration of fados that will delight fans both old and new.
Avi Offer-NYC Movie Guru
Will speak to ethnomusicologists and cineastes alike.
John P. McCarthy-Boxoffice Magazine
I was familiar with the fado style, but had never heard of any of the performers here, and I still loved this.
Jeffrey M. Anderson-Combustible Celluloid
Magically, not a traditional tour of the sweet home of fados. . . though some repeated projections become precious, clearly places fados in the world music pantheon.
Nora Lee Mandel-Film-Forward.com
Carlos Saura's valentine to fado, Portugal's blues music, is exciting despite the director's imposition of dance production numbers which add a note of dissonance.
Maria Garcia-Film Journal International
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Movie Overview For FadosA drama steeped in Portugal's Fado music culture.