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Tango (1999)

Miguel Ángel Solá , Cecilia Narova , Carlos Saura  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Miguel Ángel Solá, Cecilia Narova, Mía Maestro, Juan Carlos Copes, Carlos Rivarola
  • Directors: Carlos Saura
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 1999
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767835174
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,598 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tango" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making-of featurette

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Flamboyant. Colorful. Sensual. This is the seductive world of the TANGO, stunningly brought to life by acclaimed director Carlos Saura ("Flamenco"), Grammy-winning composer Lalo Schifrin (TV's "Mission: Impossible") and Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Set against the backdrop of a director's passionate love affair with his art and the beautiful young woman who captures his heart, Tango is "a mesmerizing experience, a smoky lush blend of muted light and color, of intoxicating dance and the richest tango music you could ever imagine." - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times.

Product Description

Cecilia Narova, Miguel Angel Flores. A disabled dancer making a movie about tango falls for the girlfiend of his biggest investor in this exotic adventure filled with spectacular dance sequences. 1998/color/115 min/PG-13/Spanish/subtitled.

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125 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saura does not take a back seat to Spielberg October 16, 1999
Much of this extraordinary movie deals with the Tango; its origins, its importance to the Argentine culture. The dancing is superlative, the music is wonderful. Amidst the music and the dancing, is a taut, dramatic love story. The depth of the story is not necessarily in the character development, but rather in the blurring of the imagination and reality experienced by the main character. This "back and forth" between reality and the imagination is marvelously portrayed as a result of Saura's sophisticated direction. At times you think you are looking at the characters only to find that you are looking at reflections. The cinematography and lighting are superb. A moviegoer does not have to have an affinity for the Tango to appreciate this movie. The terrific acting, beautiful use of light and color and the surreal thought processes of the main character are worthwhile in their own right, but the music, dancing and insight into the production of the "show within the show" are truly wonderful. Definitely an eleven on a scale of ten.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cinematography, a motion picture art piece November 20, 2000
By Dave
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Tango is an amazing movie in its exceptional combination of dance, music, camera technique, color, mirrors, and lighting.
At several points in this movie I thought to myself: "Wow, this lighting/camera perspective is perfect, why don't we see more of this in movies?" After watching the movie once, I found myself immediately going back to re-watch some specific scenes just like one may be drawn back to an especially interesting piece of art.
The plot of this movie *is not* what makes this a great picture, although it does effectively tie together the various scenes and the overall context of the film. What makes this a great film are the actors/actresses, dance numbers, music, and cinematography.
The english subtitles were clear and easy to read at all times.
Overall a very different and entertaining movie... Recommended.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Choreographic Tour de force February 1, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is an impressive cinematic experience which borders on pure ballet. What Evita achieved in some measure in its operatic effort (for all that it was worth)the movie Tango unleashes a continuous virtuosic display of stunning dance sequences which is not unlike that of classical ballet. To be sure, the visual (not special) effects assume precedence over any character development, although the main character's angst is to some degree fairly well defined. There is some philosophical adumbrations, some of which betray influences of Jorge Luis Borges; namely, the omnipresence of mirrors, which suggest the reality/illusion references; the encapsulated, closed environment of the mise-en-scene, the inveterate lonliness of the protagonist. Overall the film tends toward the abstract, not unlike a painting in perpetual motion.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great dancing... July 1, 2005
This movie was recommended to me by my tango teacher Carlos Loyola. I rented it on VHS first and watched it 5 times before I went online and ordered the DVD. It is a dazzling, colourful, mesmerizing and very well directed movie.

This is not a hollywood style movie, so don't expect anything super flashy with video effects; however you will enjoy the beautiful set, lighting and colours that fill the background all along. I recommend this movie to anyone with a passion for Tango and a sense of music and cinematography.

You have to change the default English language of the DVD to Spanish language (and then put English subtitles ON if you wish), otherwise you may think it is just a documentary about the movie.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Vivid Blur December 12, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Carlos Saura's Tango is a film about art imitating life. In this case the art in question is a stage production composed of several elaborately choreographed tango dances that will attempt to encompass years of Argentine history along with the all its author's ill-defined compulsions. That author, or in this case the director, is Mario Suarez (Miguel Angel Sola), a quite, recently single middle-aged man. In the film's opening scene, the camera pans over cinematographer Vittorio Storaro's breathtaking rendition of Buenos Aires and into the director's apartment where he sits, miserable and lonely listening to an intense carol on a well worn gramophone, the subtitles say "Oh life is strange". It's a great opening scene.
Mario is upset at Laura, the women he used to live with, and angrily confronts her. "I am living with another man now. I'm happy" she says. The situation frizzles relatively peacefully. But Mario still has to work with her, and watch as she dances the tango with her new lover. Later, at a party he is surprised to learn that one of his investors, infact the one who is putting up half of the money is a Mafioso (Juan Luis Galiardo), who asks Mario to consider casting his petite, dance loving girlfriend. The Mafioso is an entirely reasonable man, "I realize that what I'm asking is expected, but all I ask is that you audition her. No favoritism." Then he points out the splendid girl in question, Elena (Mia Maestro), dancing with an older gentleman. Mario is understandably smitten. He instantly agrees.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent: This is a superb movie for anyone who appreciates Tango dancing. I found that seeing the film with the ongoing commentary distracting and diminishing the artistic... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Martin Szold
5.0 out of 5 stars Best art film ever!
Best art film ever! Bought another copy for my sister.
It is a movie within a movie. The backstage is the front stage. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ann
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, but there are no subtitles.
Saura should stick to flamenco. Tango is OK. The dancing was not a good as I expected from Carlos Saura.
Published 5 months ago by Lincoln Fairchild
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy of Reading Charles VanDoren
I am an avid reader. This book is an excellent source in selecting the authors I want to add to my reading list. The short
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Published 7 months ago by Elaine Babian
4.0 out of 5 stars a technical note and brief review
I admit I got this from Netflix and initially had the "producer commentary" locked on with my DVD player on the TV. I had to watch this on my laptop using Windows Media player. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Edward Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful dancing
A beautiful and artistic movie, very well done. There's too much stage tango and not enough salon tango in it for my taste but the dancing will captivate people who don't know... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Speedy
3.0 out of 5 stars its a documentary
there could have been a lot more tango dancing in it.
too much focus on the sad chap choreographing.
I thought it was going to be a movie
Published 10 months ago by sue beesley
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This is a cinematographic theater, with a uniquely beautiful artistic engine to move it along. Evidence that a first class movie does not need abundant sex, guns and blood to awe.
Published 14 months ago by omar jamil
2.0 out of 5 stars poor
Horrible letdown. Just voiceovers, and very dull ones at that, of a 'guide' and a dancer. The beautiful shots of Buenos Aires can't save this dismal attempt at presenting the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Martini
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful dancing
Stunning dancing and choreography, I don't care too much about the story The structure of the movie is somewhat typical for Saura (see Carmen or El Amor Brujo), a story in a story... Read more
Published 16 months ago by V. Roytburd
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