Summer blockbusters getting overwhelming? Then Calle 54's got your number. A celebration of Latin jazz in its many forms--from samba to pambiche to flamenco--Calle 54 pays loving tribute to many of the genre's legendary musical artists such as Chucho Valdés, Gato Barbieri and Tito Puente. Director Fernando Trueba keeps toes tapping by documenting 12 lively acts with settings, lighting and costumes that reflect the stylistic differences of each.
Keeping the educational aspect to a minimum, he introduces every segment with just a bit of history. Mostly, though, he lets the music speak for itself and the joy of performance shine through--and there's mucho joy to be had. The sound is terrific, the rhythms infectious and the artistic passions palpable. We wager that you'll leave this one looking for the nearest place to nab the soundtrack.