Acclaimed as one of the very best motion pictures ever made about music, the vibrant Calle 54 offers an incredible behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of Grammy Award winner Tito Puente and some of the greatest Latin Jazz artists of our time! Whether it's created in hot backstreet clubs or recording studios from Miami to Havana, the Bronx to Andalusia, the pulsating sounds of Latin Jazz capture the heart and soul of an entire culture! Showcased in a series of extraordinary performances, Latin legends use their immense musical talents to weave an innovative tapestry of sound, style and rhythm that becomes a passionate celebration of life! From the director of the Academy Award winning Belle Epoch (Best Foreign Language film, 1993) featured artists include the late 'godfather of Latin music' Tito Puente, barefoot Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias, Argintinean tenor sax greate Gato Barbieri, Paquio D'Rivera and many more you don't want to miss!
The sultry, hip swiveling rhythms that Latin jazz proclaims is brought to the screen by Spanish film director Fernando Trueba in Calle 54. This is an ode to Latin jazz and what better way to capture the genre than allowing the musicians to speak for themselves. Simple sets and beautifully lit, Trueba travels from New York to Europe and captures a series of wonderful performances by such great stars as the late Tito Puente, Gato Barbieri, Paquito D'Rivera and Jerry Gonzales. Trueba, who won an Oscar in 1993 for best foreign language film Belle E'poque and shares his passion for music through the rumbling energy of these Latino jazz crooners. The picture is bound to draw comparisons to The Buena Vista Social Club, if only for the subject matter. But this film is a completely different take and is not the work of archivists falling in love with a crumbling city and musicians with the grace of natural stars waiting to be rediscovered. Calle 54 is closer in spirit to The Last Waltz in that it mounts a respectful staging of the songs by its performers with an ease and classiness not lavished on jazz since the black-and-white jazz shorts of the 1930's and 40's. Extravagant color stage sets and powerful talent should leave you wide-eyed and hungry for more.