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LOS XEY, A REAL MOVIE HISTORY

LOS XEY, A REAL MOVIE HISTORY

LOS XEY, UNA HISTORIA DE PELÍCULA

Documentary, Blues, Classical, Flamenco, Folk, Jazz, Music

Argentina, Mexico, Spain

2022

Runtime, min

96

Los Xey was one of the most famous musical groups worldwide. Viewed through today’s eyes, it’s difficult to gauge the musical career and life these Basques enjoyed from their creation in 1940 until they disbanded in 1961. At a time when the radio offered live shows and television had yet to appear, there wasn’t a theatre, cabaret or radio station that didn’t demand their performances. Not only did they triumph in Spain but also in America from Argentina to the US, which they toured for 9 years, even inaugurating the Mexican and Cuban televisions. They left a lasting impression for many generations. In this documentary we will recover their memory in the 21st century accompanied by their modern day counterparts the Golden Apple Quartet.
Eneko Olasagasti

Directors:

Eneko Olasagasti

David Berraondo

Directors:

David Berraondo

Film Reel
Film Reel
Film Reel

Selections and Awards:

SEMINCI 2022 - Festival de Valladolid - España GERNIKAKO LEKUEK 23 - País Vasco - España, -
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REVIEWS:

"Los Xey: A Musical Journey Through Time" is an enchanting documentary that transports viewers back to the golden era of music while shedding light on the remarkable career of one of the most famous musical groups in history. This film is a must-see for music enthusiasts and anyone interested in discovering the cultural impact of a bygone era. The documentary gracefully navigates between the past and the present, intertwining the captivating story of Los Xey, a renowned Basque musical group, with the modern-day tribute paid by the Golden Apple Quartet. The film's director masterfully captures the essence of Los Xey's rise to fame, from their inception in 1940 to their disbandment in 1961, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry of that time. One of the film's greatest strengths is its ability to transport viewers back in time. Through a combination of archival footage, interviews with surviving members of Los Xey, and expert commentary, we are granted an intimate glimpse into the band's meteoric rise. The film highlights the challenges faced by musicians in an era without television or the internet, emphasizing the significance of radio, theaters, and cabarets as the primary platforms for entertainment. The global impact of Los Xey is another captivating aspect of this documentary. Their success not only spanned across Spain but also extended to the Americas, where they embarked on a nine-year tour, captivating audiences from Argentina to the United States. The film delves into their triumphs abroad, including the memorable moments of inaugurating Mexican and Cuban television stations, a testament to their international appeal. "Los Xey: A Musical Journey Through Time" skillfully blends historical context with a contemporary twist. The presence of the Golden Apple Quartet, serving as their modern-day counterparts, adds a fresh perspective and breathes new life into Los Xey's timeless melodies. This collaboration between past and present seamlessly bridges the generation gap, allowing younger audiences to appreciate the musical legacy left behind by Los Xey. The documentary's production values are impeccable, with a superbly curated soundtrack that showcases Los Xey's iconic hits. The archival footage is expertly edited, offering a feast for the eyes and a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The interviews with surviving members of Los Xey provide valuable insights and personal anecdotes, giving the audience a deeper understanding of the band's dynamics and artistic journey. While "Los Xey: A Musical Journey Through Time" excels in capturing the spirit and impact of Los Xey's musical career, it may leave some viewers craving a more comprehensive exploration of the band's personal lives. Although the film offers glimpses into their professional struggles and achievements, a deeper dive into their personal experiences could have added an extra layer of emotional connection. In conclusion, "Los Xey: A Musical Journey Through Time" is an engaging documentary that celebrates the incredible musical legacy of Los Xey while shedding light on the cultural milieu of the time. Its ability to transport viewers back in time, combined with its seamless blend of history and contemporary tribute, makes it a film that deserves to be seen. Whether you're a fan of vintage music, a history buff, or simply someone who appreciates a well-crafted documentary, this film is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Sabrina Badran

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