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Baku Jazz Festival thrills cinema lovers

13 September 2021 [14:50] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews


By Laman Ismayilova

Some of the 20th century's greatest films have been screened as part of the Baku Jazz Festival 2021.

The film screenings took place at the Art Tower Gallery on September 11-12 with the support of the Arts Council Azerbaijan, Azernews reported.

The film critic Ulvi Mehti invited jazz and cinema lovers to plunge into the great films with exciting plots.

Based on the festival's motto "Jazz of Victory", the choice fell on films symbolizing the victorious spirit of art.

Wim Wenders' "Buena Vista Social Club", Martin Scorsese's drama "New York, New York" were screened as part of the festival.

Buena Vista Social Club (1996)

Film critic Ulvi Mehti provided insight into Wim Wenders' documentary about the music of Cuba, famous Buena Vista Social Club  (1996) which gained huge fame. 

The ensemble was named  after the homonymous members' club in the Buenavista quarter of Havana, a popular music venue in the 1940s. It included many veteran musicians who performed the popular styles of the time, such as son, bolero and danzón. 

The band's eponymous album was released in September 1997 , quickly becoming an international success, which prompted the ensemble to perform with a full line-up in Amsterdam and New York in 1998. 

Furthermore, the Mexican Ambassador to Azerbaijan Rodrigo Labardini shared his impressions of the trip to Cuba in the second half of the 90s. He also spoke about the concerts of the revived Buena Vista group by director Wim Wenders.

New York, New York (1977)

Martin Scorsese's drama "New York, New York" is a musical tribute, featuring songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb.

The story is "about a jazz saxophonist (Robert De Niro ) and a pop singer ( Liza Minnelli) who fall madly in love.

At the end of the film screenings, Ulvi Mehti thanked the audience for the recreating the atmosphere of the Baku's retro cinemas.


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