Carlos Argüelles is the son of a wealthy man whose only interests in life are business and making money. While trying to succeed in show business he falls in love with a dancer and they elope to marry. But success is not easy to obtain.
Ricardo Fuentes (Carlos Gardel) leaves Buenos Aires after loosing in horse races to go to Barcelona, where he plans to open a tango bar, a new concept of tango dance show and dance saloon. ... See full summary »
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Carlos Argüelles (Carlos Gardel) is the son of a wealthy man whose only interest in life is making money and business. But he wants to be an artist and one day, trying to success in show business as a singer, he meets Margarita (Rosita Moreno), a dancer, and they fall in love. But his father wants him to marry a rich girl, so they part and he marries Margarita. But success is hard to reach and when Margarita gets ill and he can't get any money to live he, desperate, tries to steal his father's safe box. It is too late anyway and when he returns home, Margarita is dead. He takes their daughter Marga and go to Europe, where he obtains a big success first alone and later with Marga dancing like her mother did. They go to Hollywood to make pictures and there he receives a telegram saying his father has died and has left him all his fortune. So they come back to Buenos Aires. During the trip, Marga falls in love with a wealthy man's son who happens to be a Carlos father's business partner ... Written by
All of Gardel's films are flimsy star vehicles, but they are well-made, light and pleasant, despite extremely deteriorated video quality. One wonders what happened to the original celluloid. The videos are available through special orders. GARDEL'S MEMORY MUST BE PRESERVED!!! He is one of a kind. Hollywood never had such a star, a mixture of Valentino and Mozart.
A lot of mystery surrounds his life: Was he really born in France? His mother speaks after his tragic death, without a trace of French accent. Gardel himself says a few French words in a film without a trace of French accent. It is illogical that Gardel wouldn't be fluent in French, given his mother's purported origin.
And did Gardel really write those unbelievably beautiful songs? There is apparently no footage of him really playing any instrument. The songs suggest great familiarity with the piano and great whistling facility. They are whistling songs in the sense that they need no accompaniment, no harmonic underpinnings to be effective. They can be sung a capella. I know, I'm a tunesmith. My extensive familiarity with all kinds of music, particularly classical, leads me to conclude that Gardel, or whoever wrote those songs, is a genius of the first order. Many a classical composer's best tunes cannot compare with unbelievably ravishing melodies like "Cuesta Abajo" or even "Por una cabeza", which express not only incredibly charm, wit and grace, but greatness of soul and heart, a nobility out of this world.
One doesn't need to speak Spanish to appreciate this music, but it sure helps, because the lyrics are works of art in themselves, highly eloquent comments on life. One concept that must be banished, is that tango is some kind of salacious, sexy dance music. At its best it is as classical as a Schubert song.
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