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(Jan 01, 2005)
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There are a few problems with this film beyond low budgeting. The African captives, Jurgens and crew, all mysteriously speak the same language to each other. 1820 muskets are never seen being re-loaded but continue to fire anyway. But technical issues aside, it is still a film with some impact. Jurgens swaggers well as the captain and Dandridge is appealing as Aiche. A pity that the public was not ready for it when it was released and that it is currently not well known. Not to be missed by any Dandridge fan or those wanting to examine the horrors of slavery.
That said, there is odd flat quality in some of the drama and less than thrilling acting and film-making that keep the actual story from living up to it's potential. But it's still pretty involving, and worth seeing at least as a part of films' maturing around racial issues.
Interestingly, blacklisted director John Berry, went on to later direct another racially 'ahead of it's time' film; 1974's "Claudine", one of the first mainstream American films to try and intelligently deal with the struggles of poor urban African Americans without falling into exploitation, violence or cliché.
The quality of the DVD is OK, but nothing thrilling. However, given that this important film was so hard to find, it's certainly way better than nothing.
I'd like to point out that the theme of the movie was to share the knowledge of some of the atrocities committed during the tragic slavery era in the US. Unfortunately, I must also note the tragedy surrounding the film. Most notably the name of the film "Tamango" suggests that the movie would center around the character Tamango. It does, however the film credits omit Tamango-(Alex Cressan) even Amazon omitts Alex Cressan in their credits. Most sites on the internet that review the movie omitt Alex Cressan. Alex Cressan seems to be victimized in the movie as Tamango as well as himself in not receiving the well deserved credit for a brilliant performance.
There is some comfort in that Dorothy Dandridge gets her props somewhat, however the Black actors who played the slaves were essentially still treated like slaves in the lack of acknowledgement for obvious heart felt performances.
This movie still came along almost a hundred years after slavery?
I do not regret purchasing or viewing the film, I think from a historical perspective it is very important work. As the saying goes, those who are not aware of their history are condemned to repeat it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Being that this film is on the Blax DVD label, it is presented in a full screen version. Although the overall quality is good, there are a couple of instances where dialogue is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by larryj1
"Tamango" from 1958 is another presentation from the video releasing company Blax that brought us an unrestored but, as faithful to the original production values of Otto... Read morePublished 2 months ago by V. Risoli
an old movie that is part of my classic movie collection,thanks for the movie.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The three stars is based on DVD quality it is not based on the movie or the seller.Published 11 months ago by Girgis Bond
It an good movie with Dorothy Dandridge. I mostly bought it for her parts in the movie.Published 18 months ago by Benita N.
Way ahead of its time slave ship rebellion, and prohibited love story. Dorothy Dandridge is excellent and should be better known. Good transfer of a rarely seen 1957 film.Published 18 months ago by Joel E. M. Adler
I love dorothy Dandridge the dvd is so so its 4 out of 5 for me so hope you like itPublished 21 months ago by perry
I rate this movie five stars because it dares to tell a story of race,confused love and what could have been an unwitten part of history. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Larry Potillo