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Genghis Blues
     

Genghis Blues

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

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 optional

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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:
44,436

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

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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Genghis Blues 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ksshhhh, Kssshhh. This is the sound of Paul Pena's radio as he picks up a small signal from a Russian radio station. The music he will encounter will change his life forever. Come live in the life of Pena and friends as the make a magical journey to the country of Tuva (the center of Asia). This forgotten country is south of Russia and just north of Mongolia. Trials and tribulations are quickly met as soon as the journeymen step off of the plane in this historic and proud nation. Initially, Pena goes there to perform in the traditional throat-singing contest. What he ends up getting is a lesson in humanity. This documentary spins an endless web of love, human kindness, and the pursuit of understanding different cultures. If you are traveler or just someone who appreciates other traditions, Genghis Blues will not let you down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An interesting documentary into the expiences of a eclectic group of people trying to discover and participate in world music in tuva. The main charactor, Paul gets to live out a dream but all is not well all of the time. Very even handed documentary with a few feynmanisms thrown in for ''friends of tuva''. A remarkable journey by a remarkable man. I knew nothing of Mr. Pena, but it whetted my appetite!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago