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Tango
Argentina - 1998
Directed by Carlos Saura

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Directed and written by Carlos Saura. Starring Miguel Angel Sola, Mario Suarez, Cecilia Narova, Laura Fuentes, Mia Maestro, Elena Flores, Juan Carlos Copes and Carlos Nebbia. Carlos Saura's award-winning dance films (CARMEN, FLAMENCO) have represented new standards in cinema. Beautifully conceived and meticulously executed, the films capture the dramatic power and physical presence of their subjects with unforgettable style. TANGO is no exception. It is a stunning work of art, a passionate exploration of a dance form that has achieved near-religious status in Spanish-speaking cultures. Mario Suarez (Miguel Angel Sola) is a forty-something director suffering from a mid-life crisis. His wife Laura has left him, and to combat his severe depression, he throws himself into his work, the making of a film about tango. His main investor, Angel Larroca (Luis Galiardo), who is obsessed with a beautiful and gifted dancer Elena (Mia Maestro), convinces Mario to cast her in the film's lead role. Slowly, though conscious of the incredible dangers they face, Mario and Elena fall in love, and all the creative components of the film start to mesh harmoniously as he draws on his past experiences to construct the film's narrative. His dangerous passion feeds TANGO's progress, building toward a climactic final dance scene. "A stunning homage to the tango and its cultural and emotional importance. Director Carlos Saura and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro have again collaborated on a masterpiece. Similar to their last joint effort FLAMENCO, TANGO is both an examination of the music and dance of the tango and, more importantly, its role as a reflection of the human condition. Saura and Storaro have gathered these elements and taken them, and the audience, one step further. Through skillful choreography, the camera weaves it's way through a maze of mirrors, lights, projected images and some of the world's best tango artists. The audience becomes a willing dance partner with their breathtaking eye and find themselves swept into their passionate vision."--IMDB

 
Note:  In addition to the Oscar nomination, Tango has won the Technical Grand Prize from Cannes Film Festival(1998), and the Goya Award for Best Sound.   The film also received Golden Globe nominations.

Guest Comments

From:  "Non-dancer"

"Like time-lapse photography of a flower unfolding, the story waits til the end to make perfect sense. Along the way, it is beautiful, but not for the impatient."


From:  "Emilia"

"The film was exquisite. The tango crosses gender, age and class lines. It is universal. It was especially astonishing to see the tango compared with Goya's "Disasters of War", and how it relates to politics of certain regimes."

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