- Actors: Sally Potter, Pablo Veron, Naveira, Salas, Too
- Directors: Sally Potter
- Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
- Language: English, French, Spanish
- Rated: Parental Guidance SuggestedPG
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Sony Pictures
- VHS Release Date: March 16, 1999
- Run Time: 100 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 133 customer reviews
- ASIN: 0767800958
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,949 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Tango Lesson VHS
Sally Potter's self-reflective film stars Potter (an actress and the director of Orlando), more or less as herself, learning to tango from master dancer Pablo Veron and considering making a film called The Tango Lesson. The film that we happen to be watching, however, is concerned largely with the delicious conflict between the politics of tango--the need for one partner, typically the woman, to yield to the other--and the expectations of the filmmaker to do things on her own terms. Can Potter simultaneously surrender and control for the duration of this circular project? The question is made more complicated by Veron's desire to be in one of Potter's films--in other words, to follow her lead. Potter may not be Veron's equal on the dance floor, but that isn't the point of this interesting movie and its provocative, internal debate. --Tom Keogh
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What a find!!!
First it's important to explain the first part of the movie, which is bizarre and confusing. At the beginning, the filmmaker, Sally Potter, is working on a different film all about fashion models and murder - thus the bizarre and off-putting scenes. Eventually, she hooks up with the tango dancer, Pablo Veron, and they fall in love. This is a true story, and both Sally Potter and Pablo Veron play themselves in the movie.
About halfway thru the movie when Sally's and Pablo's friends are searching for a studio to rent for their dancing practice, the film really picks up - and then, it simply blows your socks off !!!! If you like dancing, love the tango, or have been or want to go to Buenos Aires, don't miss this film !!! (But also try not to get confused as the film bounces back and forth to Paris.) You can even visit The Ideal café where they danced - it's still in Buenos Aires.
One last thing - there's a very moving scene you'll catch if you're watching carefully, about being Jewish. I'm not, but it brought tears to my eyes.
This is a good movie about the process of learning tango...committment (cannot learn it in six lessons), a period of obsession must exist for a while( do not worry, obsession should pass), the need for abandonment of your ego at the door, the beauty of the dance and exhilaration when you are able to perform the moves successfully.
Falling in love? More complicated than tango, especially when it involves an egomaniac, or two.
What made it a nice movie...it supported every would-be tanguero's dream of the ability to take lessons anywhere (Buenos Aires, Paris,) and intensively, and yes, to even fall in love, if that is what it takes to learn tango.
Learn Tango, ¡feel good forever! Fall in love? maybe not so much.
This is one of my most prized films in my collection.