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A woman's voice says she was wife to Renzo Franchi and Carlos Gardel (1890-1935), Argentina's great tango singer. People say she's crazy. Her story unfolds. Buenos Aires, 1933: Juana Romero, a seamstress who lives for the music of Gardel, dumps her boyfriend Gustavo for Renzo, a singer who looks like Gardel. She insists that his trio performs Gardel's tangos, which leads to Renzo recording a Ford commercial when Gardel himself is overbooked. The trio, with Joanna in tow, goes on an ill-fated tour of points north. The couple breaks up: she goes home and he tries to get to New York. Fate steps in, and once again he's called upon to pose as Gardel. Then, legend and a bracelet take over. Written by
Carlos Gardel and his friends took the plane when they crashed. in the background appears the name "Aeropuerto Enrique Olaya Herrera" (Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport) which is the modern name. Back in the Thirties, the name of the airport was "Aeródromo de Medellín" (Aerodrome of Medellin) See more »
This is a dishonest movie. Its basic premise is the existence of a man that not only sings exactly like the immensely popular tango singer of the thirties Carlos Gardel, but looks exactly like him, to the point of being able to fool an entire theater packed with Gardel's admirers (to understand the absurdity, think of somebody that sings and looks like Plácido Domingo and impersonates him in an opera without anybody noticing).
The plot of the movie implies that Gardel was irresponsible and disdainful of his fans (he was in fact a consummate professional and a considerate man) and that Alfredo Le Pera (the poet that wrote many of Gardel's tango lyrics) was capable of an vile act of deceit again Gardel's interests. Not so: Le Pera was as honest as they come, and a true friend of Gardel. Even Gardel's mother is described as conniving and cold; she was nothing of the sort.
Yes, the movie is glossy and sleek and the actors are fine, but one should not tamper gratuitously with history.
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