James Sullivan
April 20, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Calle 54

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
105 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/11/01
performer
Jerry Gonzalez, Tito Puente, Bebe Valdes, Chucho Valdes
director
Fernando Trueba
Producers
Arte France Cinema, Fandango, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematograficas, S.A., Le Studio Canal, MTM Cineteve, SGAE, Television Espanola, Tequila Gang, Via Digital
distributor
Miramax
author
Fernando Trueba
genre
musical, Documentary

We gave it a B+

Latin jazz sustains a high note on this soundtrack to Calle 54, a new performance documentary by director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque). A dozen lavish tracks by superb musicians from Cuba (Chucho Valdes), Brazil (Eliane Elias), and the Dominican Republic (Michel Camilo), not to mention from late New Yorker Tito Puente, make it clear: Latin music is sexy, but not at the expense of the intellect.

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