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Ile Aiye (The House of Life) - A Film by David Byrne
Ile Aiye - A Film by David Byrne
The House of Life
Director: David Byrne
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
NR     2004     0hr 51min

ILÉ AIYÉ is David Byrne's breathtaking 1989 documentary on Candomblé, the African-influenced spirit cult of the Bahia region of Brazil. ILÉ AIYÉ explores the ways in which Candomblé has influenced the daily life and cul...  more »


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Director: David Byrne
Creators: David Byrne, Kiki Miyake, Mel Lawrence
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Art & Artists, Dance, Educational, Documentary
Studio: Plexifilm
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/31/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1989
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 0hr 51min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Let yourself be possessed by the rhythm
wm | ...onward....thru the fog! | 10/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I remember vaguely seeing this film on PBS back in the mid to late '80s when it first came out. Seeing it now, I obviously didn't remember much. This is a great, great documentary. You will learn about the religion of candomble, which is a blend of catholicism and African rituals in Bahia, Brazil. This was a big influence for David Byrne during the "Rei Momo" period(and probably continues to be). The rhythms and dances these people do are nothing short of the DNA of rock and roll. You will also learn more about what makes David Byrne tick. As an example, it suddenly makes perfect sense why he would choose Whitney Houston's "I just wanna dance with somebody" as a cover song in concert. Finally, I dare say, you'll learn about life.
Then They Had a Party For the Gods and the Gods Came
kaioatey | Awatovi, AZ | 12/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"To me, Kandomble represents one of the best ways to experience and share religious feeling - a spiritual path where the entire body celebrates through music, rhythm and trance. Clearly, Byrne has been hooked as well.

This DVD represents a collage of images, syncopations, sweaty bodies, images of saints and possessed old ladies, filmed and collated with affection and deep sympathy. At times I thought I glimpsed a sparseness in the spaces between the narrative and the image, a holding back from being swept from holding the camera into the dance frenzy, that sort of reminded me of Werner Herzog. Ile Aiye's narrative is removed out of the ordinary into a place which is neither here nor there. Some might attribute such an approach to lack of concern with craftsmanship, but Byrne pulls it off relatively well. This film makes me want to BE THERE, in Salvador de Bahia, moving together with those bodies that were designed to move and to worship, to celebrate the ecstasy of being filled with the force of life. The words themselves, Oshun, Yemaya, Exu, Xango, Omulu... dance away effortlessly from the tongue...

Well worth seeing."
I'm not sure what exactly to write?
R. Isner | Richmond, Va. USA | 02/14/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Maybe "Ile Aiye" is some kind of code for David Byrne took his camcorder to some of the most remote parts of South America and filmed lots of dancing, drum playing and trance like singing.

No Talking Heads, no David Byrne, no subtitles, no translation, no music you would even understand... You're on you own on this one and you'll find yourselves looking numerous times at your airline tickets saying "when does this jet depart so I can get the hell out of here?"

Unless the theme of this video is something you are ABSOLUTELY familiar with, don't waste your time or money.

You can save your money and watch programs like this on the "foreign culture channel"."