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The Art Of Amália Review


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I don't know Fado from Fabian, but I do know what makes a good documentary. Regardless of how flattering your opinion is of legendary Portuguese singer Amália Rodrigues, you owe it to yourself to separate her talents from the movie that documents them, because the film clearly doesn't do her justice.

The Art of Amália starts with promise, with ex-Talking Head David Byrne waxing earnestly about when he first heard Rodrigues's music. But the film abruptly detours after that one minute, becoming a strictly linear monologue telling the story her life. The picture is more boring than a history textbook. Why? Because little in Amália's life was or is extraordinary. We wander, year by year, from her early days as a nightclub singer to her career in cinema to more singing to the many awards she's won and finally... to more singing. And poof, the story is over. Ready for The Madonna Story, anyone?

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