Genghis Blues

Genghis Blues

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Director: Adrian Belic, Roko Belic

Cast: Adrian Belic, Roko Belic, Mario Casetta, Tony DeCicco

     
 

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Take a trip with blues musician Paul Pena to the far-away land of Tuva and experience some of the most beautiful and haunting vocals ever captured on film in the unforgettable Academy Award nominated documentary Ghengis Blues. Presented in standard 1.33:1 full-frame and featuring an English Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack, this release also offers optionalSee more details below

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Take a trip with blues musician Paul Pena to the far-away land of Tuva and experience some of the most beautiful and haunting vocals ever captured on film in the unforgettable Academy Award nominated documentary Ghengis Blues. Presented in standard 1.33:1 full-frame and featuring an English Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack, this release also offers optional English subtitles. Extra features include Pena concert footage, running commentary, an interview with the filmmakers, a Pena bio, a Tuva information page and web links.

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Barnes & Noble - Eddy Crouse
An arresting and warm portrait of a musical friendship, Genghis Blues follows the journey of blind bluesman Paul Pena, who went to Tuva (a tiny country wedged between Mongolia and the former Soviet Union), to compete in its annual throat-singing contest. Having first heard the sound of throat-singing on a Radio Moscow broadcast via shortwave in the early 1980s, Pena eventually mastered the style, flooring the 1992 champion, Kongar-ol Ondar, with a spontaneous performance after one of the latter's concerts. These two extraordinary men and their spooky vocal techniques -- throat singing is multi-harmonic and has been likened to "a bullfrog swallowing a whistle" and a "one-man quartet" -- are the main characters of Genghis Blues, but there's more. Paul Pena's story dovetails with that of Richard Feynman, the eccentric physicist who was perhaps the first Westerner to celebrate the wonders of Tuva and throat-singing. Tuva, in this tale, takes on the dimensions of Shangri-la, the hidden land of Lost Horizon.The music is otherworldly and the movie (which won prizes at over a dozen world film festivals and garnered an Academy Award nomination) is as fascinating as it is charming.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/05/2000
UPC:
0767685947234
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
G
Source:
New Video Group
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
36,489

Special Features

Concert footage; Running commentary; Interview with filmmakers; Paul Pena bio; Tuva information page ; Interactive menu; Web links; English subtitles

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Paul Pena [7:33]
2. Friends of Tuva [1:45]
3. Kongar-ol Ondar [5:33]
4. Tuva or Bust! [4:28]
5. Paul and Friends in Tuva [7:16]
6. Tuvan Lamb Ceremony [3:29]
7. Khöömei Competition Begins [8:01]
8. Paul's First Performance [8:02]
9. Touring the Country [6:32]
10. The Chadaana River [9:03]
11. Paul's Last Performance [6:41]
12. Curse of the Drum [10:27]
13. Paul's Last Day in Tuva [4:03]
14. A Final Word [4:32]

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