Top positive review
Awesome musical journey of the gypsies!
June 6, 2013
I had this film on VHS when it was first available & I was happy when it finally became available on DVD. This is a must have for anybody that loves flamenco music & its history! When I first started playing flamenco guitar years ago, I had purchased numerous books & videos about the history of flamenco music. This film is perhaps the best at presenting where the roots of the gypsy flamenco music originated. Although, there are many excellent books, they aren't as visually & musically exciting as experiencing it on film.The books give you a more in-depth study but the film compliments any knowledge you can gain from the books. Many people associate flamenco with Spain but they don't realize how much of the gypsy influence originated from as far as India & Egypt, etc. For example, much of the flamenco dancer's hand works originated in India as you can observe in the film when the dancers in India demonstrate their dance. Throughout the journey you get to experience the various cultures of gypsy music including France's guitarist Tchavolo Schmitt, who is influenced by the legendary Django Reinhardt. And the journey concludes in Spain with the awe inspiring "duende" of flamenco! This film is definitely a gem!!!