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Jota de Saura

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:03 pm
by uiwangmike
Carlos Saura’s latest musical documentary deals with a musical and dance genre which I hadn’t come across before – jota – which might lazily be described as a somewhat distant northern cousin of flamenco. What that is to Andalusia, jota is to the director’s home province of Aragon, though the studio performances appearing ranged in origin from Andorra to Galicia, the latter including Carlos Nunez on pipes - the instrumentation of jota is generally more freewheeling than that of flamenco, and anyone who isn’t partial to castanets might just want to give it a miss.
When Saura’s 2008 film Fados came out, Charlie decided he was past it (though I thought parts of that film were quite marvellous). On the evidence of this one, Saura (at 84) still has a lot to offer. I’ll be happy to see it again, anyway.