Tango, Our Dance [DVD] [1988]

Jorge Zanada's 66-minute 1988 documentary Tango: Our Dance investigates the tango as a phenomenon that blossomed from Argentinian soil -- exploring and evaluating its place in Argentina's culture, society, and lore -- as well as the undercurrents of machismo that belie the specific movements of the dance. Zanada interviews numerous amateur tango dancers -- milongueros -- who discuss the relevance of the tradition for themselves, their passionately charged experiences performing the movements, and the ways they have spun the dance off into the development of idiosyncratic variations. He also speaks with such celebrity tango aficionados as Robert Duvall (who, indeed, directed the feature Assassination Tango for producer Francis Ford Coppola, years after Zanada first shot this film), and Juan Carlos Copes, the star of Broadway's acclaimed Tango Argentino.
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Synopsis

Tango: Our Dance
The tango is a dramatic, passionate form of couples-dancing and the tango is also the music which goes along with it. These two originated in Argentina, and the tango has long served as a focal point for the national identity of Argentines. This documentary explores the history of the dance and its music and shows its contemporary influence. One highlight is the way in which amateur dancers are shown making the forms and moods of the dance their own. Shown at the Montreal World Film Festival in 1988, this documentary was very well received by those attending. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Oscar Martinez
    Oscar Martinez
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    Arturo Bonín
  • Robert Duvall
    Robert Duvall
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