Subsequent characters appear in a poorly-decorated room, intertwining but never colliding, all possessed by never-ending rituals.
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Subsequent characters appear in a poorly-decorated room, intertwining but never colliding, all possessed by never-ending rituals.

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June 1981 (France)  »

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At The 55th Annual Academy Awards (1983) ceremony, Polish director Zbigniew Rybczynski had possibly the worst night that any Oscar winner has ever had at the Academy Awards. When his short film, Tango (1981), was announced as the winner of the Best Animated Short category, presenter Kristy McNichol mispronounced Rybczynski's name as "Zbigniewski Sky." When Rybczynski accepted the award, his speech was cut off by the orchestra. After talking to reporters in the press room, Rybczynski stepped outside the auditorium to have a cigarette. When he tried to return, an overzealous security guard refused to let him in. Rybczynski was holding his Oscar, but was dressed in a cheap suit and sneakers because he had been unable to afford better clothes. He tried to explain to the guard that he was an Oscar winner, but his English was limited. Hearing Rybczynski's Polish speech, the security guard assumed the director was drunk and shoved him up against a wall. During the altercation, Rybczynski reportedly yelled, "American Pig! I have Oscar!" and tried to kick the guard in the groin. Rybczynski spent the night in jail before the mess was sorted out. See more »

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One of my favorite animated shorts!
30 December 1998 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Tango is a fantastic short, animated as a collage of live action film clips. It begins simply, with one boy retrieving a lost ball in a repeating pattern. He is joined by others who also follow repeating patterns of their own. It climaxes with a screen packed with individuals all going about their business in complete ignorance of the actions of the others, and ends as simply as it began. All this is done without words (except for the repeated shout of a man falling from a table). If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend this artistic short.


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