GYPSY MOVIES

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KORKORO (2010)

A Gypsy family travels the French roads during the Second World War, followed by Little Claude, a young boy seeking a new family after his parents "left and never returned". Upon reaching a town where they traditionally stop for a few months and work in vineyards, they learn that a new law forbids them from being nomadic. Theodore, the town's mayor, and Miss Lundi, the schoolteacher, protect and help the Gypsies. Despite this, They are arrested and placed in an internment camp. Theodore manages to rescue them and gives them a piece of property where they must settle. But the Gypsies' deeply ingrained thirst for freedom makes this sedentary lifestyle difficult to bear. After Theodore and Miss Lundi are arrested for resistance, the Gypsies decide they must get back on the move in order to remain free.




THE LOVES OF CARMEN (1948)
Following the plot of the opera, "Carmen," this story follows the wild gypsy's adventures as a siren and bandit. Carmen (Rita Hayworth) lures an innocent soldier (Glenn Ford) to his ruin, getting him expelled from the army. He then turns to banditry, killing Carmen's husband (Victor Jory) and others. All this makes for an unhappy ending with the innocent repenting his sins and dying for them.

 


LOS TARANTOS (1962)
Directed By Francisco Rovira Beleta
A fabulous study of the conflict between two Barcelona Roma families. Featuring Antonio Gades and Carmen Amaya, this movie was filmed in the now vanished Somorrostro barrio. It is vivid with flamenco music and dance

 


CARAVAN TO VACCARES (1974)
Directed By Geoffrey Reeve
With Manitas de Plata, El Rey, Hippolyte, Manuel Arenas etc....


ANGELO MY LOVE (1979)
Directed By Robert Duvall
This docudrama focuses on Angelo, a disco-dancing, street-hustling,
Romani-speaking child of Balkan Roma origins in New York.
A fixed kris and interracial puppy love keep things interesting

(Watch the Movie on YouTube)


BODAS DE SANGRE (1981)
Directed by Carlos Saura
This is the first in the Saura flamenco trilogy.
With Antonio Gades and Cristina Hoyos.

 


CARMEN (1983)
Directed By Carlos Saura
This is the second in the Saura flamenco trilogy
Antonio Gades is the dance instructor who falls for Laura Del Sol's Carmen during a Flamenco staging of the Bizet opera. Paco De Lucia plays himself. The dance scenes sizzle



EL AMOR BRUJO (1986)
Directed By Carlos Saura
The third in the Saura flamenco trilogy. Features Antonio Gades and Cristina Hoyos


LA BELLE HISTOIRE (1992)
Directed By Claude Lelouch
With Dolores and Antoinette Arenas singing



TIERRA GITANA (1994)
A PBS documentary on The Gipsy Kings and their community




JOSEPHINE ET LES GITANS (1995)
Directed by Vincent Ravalec
With many Camargue musicians & Miou Miou


FLAMENCO (1995)
Directed by Carlos Saura
The film presents thirteen rhythms of flamenco, each with song, guitar, and dance: the up-tempo bular�as, a brooding farruca, an anguished martinete, and a satiric fandango de huelva. There are tangos, a taranta, alegr�as, siguiriyas, sole�s, a guajira of patrician women, a petenera about a sentence to death, villancicos, and a final rumba. Families present numbers, both festive and fierce. The camera and the other performers are the only audience.


WE HAVE NO WAR SONGS (1995)
Directed By Izzy Abraham and Erga Netz
A long history of the persecution of gypsies, as many cultures find their presence intolerable.
Interviews with scholars (Lebron from Tierra Gitana and others) and gypsies attending the Fete about their history, lifestyle, life as outsiders, and their music.
Highlights:

*Nicolas Reyes is interviewed, he explains the story of St. Sara. Clementine Reyes appears in the background. Nicolas speaks about the gypsies slowly loosing their culture.
*Someone sings "Montana" off camera (not GK)
*Pepe Lefleur is interviewed throughout the film. He had 13 children, all raised in a caravan. *Patchai's son Titi appears in the background of the Reyes campsite.
*Andre plays guitar and Canut sings (vocals very soft)



SAVRSENI KRUG/ PERFECT CIRCLE (1997)
Directed By Ademir Kenovic
Filmed in Sarajevo not long after the seige ended. A beautiful and excruciating film


BLACK & WHITE IN COLOUR (1999)
Directed By Mira Erdevicki-Charap
Documentary chronicling Czech Gypsy singer Vera Bila's life and music




MONDO (1997)
Directed By Tony Gatliff
A visually stunning, near silent 1996 effort about a young Roma boy who wanders around a French town, is a mediatation of displacement



GYPSY HEART (1999)
The Heart and Soul of Flamenco / Omayra Amaya
The story of Omayra Amaya's unusual life as a flamenco dancer in Boston. Also included is dazzling historical film footage of Amaya's great aunt, the legendary Carmen Amaya, considered one of the greatest flamenco dancers of all time, as well as rare archival footage of Gypsies flamenco dancing in Spain. The theme music is played by Flamenco Guitarist Jose Valle (Chuscales)




VENGO (2000)
Directed By Tony Gatliff
A drama of conflict amongst Andalucian Gitano families opens with a musical collaboration between guitarist Tomatito and North African Sufi musicians led by Sheikh Al Tuni




The Man Who Cried (2000)
Directed by Sally Potter
A young refugee traveling from Russia to America in search of her lost father falls for a gypsy horseman. Starring Johnny Depp & Christina Ricci. Taraf de Haidouks are in the film


SWING (2002)
Directed By Tony Gatliff
Focuses on the French Manouche who keep the Django reinhardt's legacy alive


NO MAN'S LAND
Directed By Danis Tanovic
A fine, blackly comic meditation on the absurdity of war. This film won the 2002 Oscar for Best Foreign Film



SEVILLE SOUTH SIDE (2003)
Directed By Dominique Abel
Offbeat Flamenco documentary shot in Seville's Las Tres Mills, home to the city's Gitano community since the 1960s


EXILS (2004)
Directed By Tony Gatlif



BODAS DE GLORIA (2005)
Directed by Ricardo Pach�n & Manuel Palacios
With Farruquito, El Farruco and others. A flamenco dance musical set in a gypsy encampment in Andalucia



CAMARON: LA PELICULA (2005)
Directed by Jaime Chavarri
The life and art of the great Gypsy singer.



A Jasmine Dellal's Film
Gypsy Caravan the DVD - release date August 26, 2008
(feat. Taraf De Haidouks, Esma Redzepova, Fanfare Ciocarlia & many more)

 

SERBIA


I EVEN MET HAPPY GYPSIES (1967)
Directed By Aleksandar Petrovic


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KOSOVO : THROUGH THE EYES OF LOCAL ROM (GYPSY) MUSICIANS
Directed By Svanibor Pettan
Footage shot between 1984 - 1991 of Kosovar Gypsy musicians at work


UNDERGROUND (1995)
Directed by Emir Kusturica
A comic fable about the rise and fall of Tito's Yugoslavia. Features brass bands galore and no little charm amongst the chaos



CABARET BALKAN (1998)
Directed by Goran Paskaljevic
Misanthropic and misogynist satire of Milosevic's Serbia



BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT (1998)
Directed by Emir Kusturica


PRETTY DYANA (2002)
Directed By Boris Mitie
A documentary on Kosovar Roma refugees surviving in Belgrade by reinventing old Dyana cars


MACEDONIA


TIME OF THE GYPSIES (1989)
Directed By Emir Kusturica
Initially shot in Shutka, for the first hour, this epic is a magnificent, magic/ realist portrait of Balkan Roma



BEFORE THE RAINS (1994)
Directed by Milcho Manchevski
No Roma feature here, just the beauty and tragedy of Macedonia as Macedonian and Albanian citizens take to blood feuds


ROMANIA


LATCHO DROM (1994)
Directed By Tony Gatlif
A wonderful 1993 musical journey from India to Andalucia contains a great Clejani sequence with the Taraf and their neighbours



GADJO DILO (1998)
Directed By Tony Gatlif
A superb film set in a traditional Roma community in rural Romania


IAG BARI (2001)
Directed By Ralf Marscalleck
A documentary following Fanfare Ciocarlia as they venture from their village across the world


FANFARE CIOCARLIA
THE STUDY OF THE BAND (2004)
Awesome DVD package featuring a Live in Berlin concert, an edited version of Iag Bari, interviews, history, videos, Gypsy Caravan trailer and more

Bulgaria


WHOSE IS THIS SONG (2003)
Adela Peeva's documentary finds her in search of her shared roots of a folksong all Balkan nations appear to claim, as 'ours'. Travelling through Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and Macedonia, she uncovers a feast of music and nationalism. Contains footage of Ederlezi and from the 1950s Yugoslav film Ciganka


Others


ROMANY TRAIL
GYPSY MUSIC INTO AFRICA (2002)
Directed By Jeremy Marre
This video documents the penetration of Gypsy culture and music in Africa, specifically within the confines of Egypt. Viewers can travel down the Nile, meeting a wide variety of Gypsy performers not only musicians, but jugglers, dancers, and other entertainers. The group followed moves through the area of the pyramids to their ultimate destination at Karmak. This is a fascinating document of culture that is rapidly disappearing.
~ Rob Ferrier, All Movie Guide



ROMANY TRAIL
GYPSY MUSIC INTO EUROPE (2002)
Directed By Jeremy Marre
This video begins by examining the roots of Gypsy culture within India before progressing in Eastern Europe. Viewers get an insider's view of Gypsy culture, viewing along the way the bear trainers, puppeteers, and musicians that have entertained audiences for generations. More than a simple music documentary, this film offers poignant commentary on the past of these people, and what might be their future in a post-communist world.
~ Rob Ferrier, All Movie Guide

MOVIES WITH FAMOUS GYPSIES


L'ENFANT SAUVAGE (1970)
Directed By Fran�ois Truffaut
The Wild Child


(The young boy in this movie is El Rey)

 

Reviews were extracted from the book
Princes Amongst Men : Journeys with Gypsy Musicians by Garth Cartwright


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