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Latcho Drom [VHS]
Latcho Drom [VHS]

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Manufacturer: New Yorker Video
Publisher: New Yorker Video
Starring: La Caita
Directed By: Tony Gatlif

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Product Description:
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: VHS Tape
EAN: 9781567301175
Format: Color
ISBN: 1567301177
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: New Yorker Video
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: New Yorker Video
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: New Yorker Video
Release Date: 1998-11-11
Running Time: 103
Studio: New Yorker Video
Editorial Review:
Latcho Drom is a French documentary film directed and written by Tony Gatlif the movie is about the Romani people's journey from north-west India to Spain, consisting primarily of music. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. The film included Romani music from Taraf de Haïdouks, among others.Free upgrade to first class mail.
This majestic, French-made film wishes viewers a "latcho drom"--a safe journey--as it follows the roots of the Rom, traveling people better known as Gypsies. Stunning and evocative, it transcends language and culture, bringing together the best elements of National Geographic-style documentary and music video in a kind of anthropological MTV. Using only music and image, without any steady characters or plot, award-winning director Tony Gatlif (himself of Rom descent) tells a compelling story of Rom migrations from Northern India to Europe and the rest of the world. Beginning with a gathering of lavishly dressed nomads singing across the harsh deserts of Rajasthan, viewers are transported through the lush oases of Egypt into the ghettoes of Turkey, from the muddy lanes of Eastern Europe through lush French fields to the windswept coastal cities of Spain. Every step of the way, there are hypnotic reminders of the harshness and beauty of the Rom lifestyle: the rhythms of labor pounding into vibrant dance, the songs of Turkish flower sellers merging with the plaintive political satires of a gray-haired Romanian violinist. Music is everywhere--children barely able to walk dance alongside great-grandmothers--and covers all styles and subjects--from the wintry strains of an Auschwitz lament to a flamenco devotional in a Spanish shrine to a festive Dixieland number that borrows as much from New Orleans as from northern India. And wordless stories abound, told in the smiles of strangers waiting for a train or in the frowns of rifle-toting farmers come to evict travelers from their land. --Grant Balfour
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