Tango, Our Dance
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Duvall's portion, a very small portion, merely relates his <Duvall's> reasons for visiting Argentina, to learn Tango at it's cradle of inception. The interview is obviously in a hotel room, where he speaks compactly about his love and interest in Tango. He "plays" no part. He does not dance.
This video is no more than an amazing documentary and cultural commentary on the "Milonga" style of Tango; it's past, it's future and simply dazzling performances of now aging non-professional stars of Tango, who are passing the torch of this cultural heritage of Buenos Aires on to another generation. There is an inate sadness in the interviews of the older "Asfalto" Milongueros, the dancers, who see this dance form slipping into disuse, in favor of the European and American style; something that the, the old timers, cannot relate to. Backed by excellent music and stunning exhibitions by "Portenos", this film is a "keeper", to be played over and over again, for it's dance, it's music, it's form and the shear enjoyment of Tango.
The strengths of this DVD include that part of the history, the interview with Robert Duvall in which he elaborates on what drew him to the dance and a wonderful milonga. Stage shows like to present male dancers as guapos, but this elimates the flashiness. I enjoyed the inclusion of the interviews of Juan Carlos Copes and the music of Daniel Binelli. Copes relates his conversations about the Russian dance style and the discovery of Julio Bocca.
The film has the feel of the rediscovery of a lost family connection.
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Finaly a documentry with real danced Argentine tango with normal people, realy improvising on the music. Read morePublished on October 20, 2001
Somewhat overwrought in its politics, but this film does put tango in its cultural context. This film shows ordinary people dancing the tango and talking about the dance they... Read morePublished on August 24, 1999 by email@example.com
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