Fados

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

"The Making of Fados": 25 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with director Carlos Saura and featured musicians; Song and performer guide; On-set photo gallery; International trailers; Director's note from Carlos Saura
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Anyone who doesn't know much about the fado -- the traditional Portuguese musical form -- will likely come away from Carlos Saura's Fados feeling as though it is engrained in their psyches. And this is, to be sure, a good thing. The form itself dates from the 19th century in Lisbon, and is built upon long, ornate, highly melodic and expressive ballads generally steeped in unhappiness -- shattered romances and thwarted lives -- and it's about as close to the emotional intensity of grand opera as any popular music form in the world would seem to get in 2009. Saura's documentary, which dates from 2007, is shot the way one wishes every music documentary could be done -- lots of clever camera work and editing, so that even when one is focusing upon a solo singer, the visuals never stand still long enough to become static. And, even better, the state-of-the-art sound draws out the musical textures in detail every bit as vivid as the images, so that whether one is listening to a traditional and unamplified Portuguese or a Spanish guitar, or a modern adaptation of the form complete with Fender Stratocaster, we're getting an earful of rich timbres. And if the diversity of instruments takes on rainbow-like proportions, the natures and approaches of the fadistas who are depicted are downright dazzling -- from nearly 90-year-old Argentina Santos, one of the oldest active singers of the most traditional form, to young rappers NBC feat. SP & Wilson. In between are the likes of Ricardo Rocha, the Portuguese guitar virtuoso, who engages in a duel at one point with Spanish guitarist Jaime Santos; Brazilian singer Toni Garrido; and Brigada Victor Jara, a band conceived in memory of and homage to the martyred Chilean folksinger/composer, murdered by the forces of Allende. In the course of entertaining, the documentary also manages to be informative without seeming didactic, feeding us images of Amália Rodrigues, the "queen of fado," in a rehearsal. The film is well worth seeing in a theater, for the sheer opulence of the sound, though it is also shot on a scale that will translate well to the small screen in due time, though this is one documentary for which the eventual viewers at home may want to crank up their amplifiers, to get the full effect as the maker intended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • UPC: 795975112031
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Zeitgeist Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Español
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,862

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mariza Participant
Camane Participant
Carlos Do Carmo Participant
Chico Buarque Participant
Caetano Veloso Participant
Lila Downs Participant
Lura Participant
Miguel Poveda Participant
Cuca Participant
Argentina Santos Participant
Ricardo Ribeiro Participant
Carminho Participant
Vicente da Camara Participant
Maria da Nazare Participant
Pedro Moutinho Participant
Ana Sofia Varela Participant
Toni Garrido Participant
NBC Participant
SP & Wilson Participant
Mario Pacheco Participant
Rui Veloso Participant
Joel Pina Participant
Brigada Victor Jara Participant
Ricardo Rocha Participant
Technical Credits
Carlos Saura Director, Production Designer, Screenwriter
Daniel Bekerman Sound/Sound Designer
Isabel Branco Costumes/Costume Designer
Carlos Do Carmo Musical Direction/Supervision
Patrick DeBana Choreography
Pedro Gomes Choreography
Francois Gonot Executive Producer
Ivan Dias Producer
Julia Juaniz Editor
José Luis Lopez-Linares Cinematographer
Saura Medrano Executive Producer
Antonio Saura Producer
Eduardo Serra Cinematographer
Luís Galvão Teles Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fados
1. In the Patios, Brothels and Taverns... ("Fado da Saudade" by Carlos do Carmo) [4:02]
2. San Jon of Cape Verde (With the Dancers of Grupo Kola San Jon do Moinho da Juventude) [2:47]
3. Variations ("Variações em Lá" by Ricardo Rocha and Jaime Santos) [2:39]
4. Mozambique ("Transparente" by Mariza) [3:00]
5. Modinha and Lundu ("Menina Você Que Tem" by Toni Garrido) [4:37]
6. Minor Fado of the City of Porto ("Sopra Demais o Vento" by Camané) [4:56]
7. Maria Severa, 19th Century ("O Fado da Severa" by Catarina Moura, and "Rua do Capelão" by Cuca Roseta) [5:56]
8. Homage to Alfredo Marceneiro ("Marceneiro" by NBC, SP & Wilson and "Tricana" by Alfredo Marceneiro [6:27]
9. Lisbon ("Um Homem na Cidade" by Carlos do Carmo) [4:09]
10. Homage to Lucíilia do Carmo ("Foi na Travessa da Palha" by Lucília do Carmo) [5:56]
11. Minor Fado ("Vida Vivida" by Argentina Santos) [3:12]
12. Fado Batido (With the Dancers of Brigada Victor Jara) [2:42]
13. Morna ("Flor di Nha Esperança" by Lura) [4:17]
14. Fado Alfacinha ("Quadras" by Camané) [2:22]
15. Homage to Amália Rodrigues ("Estranha Forma de Vida" by Caetano Velosa) [7:08]
16. Revolution ("Fado Tropical" by Chico Buarque and "Grândola" by José Afonso) [5:30]
17. Fado Flamenco ("Meu Fado Meu" by Mariza and Miguel Poveda) [4:32]
18. House of Fados (by Vicente da Câmara, Maria da Nazaré, Ana Sofia Varela, Carminho, Ricardo Ribeiro and Pedro Moutinho) [9:31]
19. "O Gente da Minha Terra" (by Mariza) [3:22]
20. End Credits [5:23]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Fados
   Play the Movie
   Chapters (Songs and Performers)
   Subtitles
      English: On
      English: Off
   Extras
      "The Making of Fados"
      Theatrical Trailer 1
      Theatrical Trailer 2
      On-Set Photos with Director Carlos Saura
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