Monday, March 25, 2013

MANUEL a film by Tao Ruspoli

A short documentary about the legendary flamenco singer and guitarist Manuel Molina of Lole y Manuel. Un Documento sobre Manuel Molina de Lole y Manuel.

MANUEL MOLINA is one of the most respected and well known flamenco artists in Spain. He is a poet, a singer and a master guitarist.

In 1972, he and his wife, Dolores Montoya Rodriguez (“Lole,” born in Sevilla, 1954) started a flamenco duo that achieved enormous success in Spain and the rest of the world. The couple was the first flamenco couple ever to target an audience not familiar with flamenco, and are precursors of “nuevo flamenco” (New Flamenco).

Their first album was produced in 1975, with a title representative of Spain’s social realities at the time: “Nuevo dia” (New Day). The duo, characterized by certain hippie influences, was interested in musical experimentation, mixing Arabian music with lyrics taht talked about peace, love and flowers. After 1980, the couple started solo careers, and continued with concerts and new recordings.

Lole and Manuel’s music has appeared in several films, as in “Flamenco,” from Carlos Saura, or “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” by Quentin Taratino.

The daughter of their former marriage is Alba Molina, also an artist. Lole continues to make recordings of Andalusian music.

TAO RUSPOLI -- Moviemaker magazine singled out Ruspoli as one of the 10 Young Filmmakers To Watch in its spring 2008 issue. His feature narrative debut, Fix, was one of 10 feature films to screen in competition at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival and soon afterward at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival where Ruspoli was awarded the Heineken Red Star Award for "most innovative and progressive filmmaker." Fix also won the Festival Award for Best Film at the 2008 Brooklyn Film Festival, Vail Film Festival and the 2008 Twin Rivers Media Festival, as well as other prizes at several international festivals.

His other films include 'Flamenco: A Personal Journey,' a feature length documentary about the flamenco way of life as it is lived by Gypsies in the south of Spain. He has directed a number of other short documentaries, including 'El Cable' (also about Flamenco), and This Film Needs No Title: A Portrait of Raymond Smullyan (a portrait of the renowned logician, mathematician and concert pianist Raymond Smullyan).

Tao is an accomplished flamenco guitar player, and his first CD,
FLAMENCO, was released on Mapleshade Records in 2005.

Tao Ruspoli 2013

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