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Flamenco (1997)

La Paquera de Jerez , Merche Esmeralda , Carlos Saura  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: La Paquera de Jerez, Merche Esmeralda, Manolo Sanlúcar, Joaquín Cortés, Manuel Moneo
  • Directors: Carlos Saura
  • Writers: Carlos Saura
  • Producers: José López Rodero, Juan Lebrón
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DIJOT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,968 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flamenco" on IMDb

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Exploring the sensuous delights and dark mysteries of life by uniting music , song, and dance, "Flamenco" is one of the purest and most stunning performance films ever made.

With an exceptional history that reaches back nearly five hundred years, the magnificent art of Flamenco has long been an integral part of the Spanish heart and culture. Joining three hundred of the world's greatest Flamenco performers with master cinematographer Vittorio Storaro ("Apocalypse Now," "The Last Emperor"), director Carlos Saura has magnificently transferred the beauty and power of Flamenco to the screen. The result is an unbroken series of electrifying numbers that range in emotion from heartbreak to elation and that shimmer with sexual energy while reaching a thrilling level of virtuosity.

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133 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Flamenco December 30, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Performance as art, flamenco as art and performance is what this film captures. Minimilist in tradional theatrical enticements this film captures the pure essence of the total flamenco experience. No fancy Hollywood set designs, extravagant staging is nil, this is pure art, the performances stand alone. At times the lighting only reveals a siloutte, never detracting from the pure essence. The film captures an indoor gitano gathering where all participants are involved, from just handclapping and chorus to center stage vocals and dance, all the gitanos interact and compliment one another. The beauty in this film comes from different angles, the authenticity, the various styles of flamenco, the emotions the artists emote and the feelings that are brought out in the viewer. So many different people perform that it is hard to identify indidviduals, which may be just the intent of the director as the cohesion of the gitano family in performance seems to be most important. One of the intriguing aspects of this performance is that there are so many "older" performers, who dominate and captivate the viewer. If one listens and closes ones eyes momentarily, it is hard to imagine one is listening to people well into their sixties and older. A brilliant moment is when a young gitano of maybe twelve years of age performs a stunning dance, a visually blazing with speed dervish solo and then is suddenly joined by an elder gitano who accompanies him. The juxtaposition is unforgetable as the young boy and elder each pay homage to each other, in unison, dancing off the set. The guitar work is fabulous by various masters including a sensational set by Paco de Lucia and even the modern interpretations of flamenco by Ketama. Read more ›
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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This is THE flamenco film. Carlos Saura, famous for his work with the great Antonio Gades ("Blood Wedding," "Carmen" and "El Amor Brujo") and for his portrait of Andalusian folklore in "Sevillanas," creates one of the best flamenco films ever made.
The focus in this work is on the performers and their performances. Sets are minimal and there is no "story" except that generated by the lyrics of the flamenco songs themselves. The director is careful to capture not only the larger aspects of the performances but also to zero in on the emotional engagement of the performers with their art . Flamenco is as much about the performer's struggles with the art and the emotions that underpin it as it is about a stage presentation. This is an intimate film despite the fact that it was shot in a train station. The sets, lighting and camera work continually direct your focus to that intimate space created by the performers.
The conceit of the film is a journey not only through flamenco's different styles as embodied by some of the art's greatest contemporary performers, but also a journey into the night. Not only is the night evoked through lighting effects, but the deep inner recesses of the soul are suggested as well, that inner wellspring from which flamenco itself arises.
This is the most profound exploration of flamenco ever captured on film. To understand flamenco, there is no better place to start than with Carlos Saura's masterpiece, "Flamenco."
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another flamenco masterpiece from Saura March 11, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I dare you to find a better documentarian on the art of flamenco than Saura. Simply bringing this obsure but masterful artform to video is magical enough, but to have Saura do it is miraculous. He has chosen from the best that could be gathered in Spain, and did an awesome job putting them on a 2 hour tape. They only criticism is that this is not available on DVD, but no matter, it is a MUST for anyone who is a true flamenco purist or musicologist. The piece is beautifully staged, perfectly photographed and ingeniously edited.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genial direction and cinematography; excellent flamenco. September 14, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
C. Saura captivates the existential essence of flamenco in this elegant film, which is a chronology of the hours starting at sunset and ending at dawn; where each episodes is told within a flamenco capsule. This film is not a documentary, nor is it the live footage of a flamenco troop's performance, rather it contains a series of complete pieces, each of which are perfect. The film contains three soleares, three bulerias, two tangos, one seguiriya, one fandango, and a handful of other styles. This film is the wisdom of Saura, showing again, that films are not meant to be uni-dimensional accounts of a curious story, or an obvious documentary. The film is from the heart full of the love and sincerity of those who participated in it, containing the most intimate and dignified performances of each of the living geniuses of the Flamenco industry. Each artist freely reaches and evokes their most cherished aesthetics. This is very important because flamenco is just about that, not about fooling the audience. The distractions of the common footage are removed as Storraro (the cameraman) gives himself up, flying around the performers seizing the impossible: moving to the compas of the performers, showing all the angles of the true flamenco expression.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Flamenco directed by Carlos Saura
I enjoy the spanish culture and have in the past danced at La Fairia in Sevilla. However, I'm not a person who follows dance performances. Read more
Published 21 months ago by robert f williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, Carlos Saura did it again
Great movie for Flamenco lovers or for anyone looking to find the roots and art of this wonderful musical/dance form.
Published 22 months ago by Joaquin Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars A televisual feast for the eyes and ears
This film does not have a storyline. It is simply an assembly of dancers, singers and guitarists performing. All very talented and beautifully filmed. Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Elston Gunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Ole!
This is an excellent view of the different styles of Flamenco and an excellent focus on the collaboration between the "bailaoras" and "cantaoras" of Andalusia. Read more
Published on October 19, 2007 by T. Rosa
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment
There is no story line or plot, as there usually is in Saura's other movies that involve dancing; dancers and singers in a flamenco studio just perform. Read more
Published on July 24, 2007 by CVA
5.0 out of 5 stars Flamenco - a film by Carlos Saura
The purest flamenco I have ever seen. I am familiar with this art from and this is NOT the garbage you see at tourist traps or even shows imported to tour the US. Read more
Published on February 26, 2007 by Maria A. Acosta-Mathis
5.0 out of 5 stars Good representation of various flamenco styles
Although the rich and diverse cultural phenomenon of flamenco is extremely difficult to embrace within the limited frame of a single movie, this work of Carlos Saura is a great job... Read more
Published on January 10, 2007 by Oksana Pankova
5.0 out of 5 stars The Finest Flamenco
An amazing combination of the best of the best--this is the way flamenco is supposed to be. The dancing is precise and the singing soulful. Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by B. Bartel
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best flamenco artist
The film is of a magical beuty in its minimalistic presentation. From the strongfelt aperture with La Paquera de Jerez to the multitud of dancers converging at the end, makes this... Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by Jorge L. Medina Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Spanish vacation
Having spent my recent vacation in Spain, and having attended a flamengo dance performance in Sevilla (without bringing a recorder)I was glad finding this DVD. Read more
Published on July 8, 2006 by Amazon Customer
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