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Tamango (1958)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 24 January 1958 (France)
A Dutch slave captain, on a voyage to Cuba, faces a revolt fomented by a newly captured African slave, Tamango. The slaves capture the captain's mistress, forcing a showdown.

Director:

John Berry

Writers:

John Berry (screenplay), Lee Gold (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Dandridge ... Aiché, Reiker's Mistress
Curd Jürgens ... Captain John Reinker
Jean Servais ... Doctor Corot
Alex Cressan Alex Cressan ... Tamango
Roger Hanin ... 1st Mate Bebe
Guy Mairesse Guy Mairesse ... Werner
Julien Verdier Julien Verdier ... Fernando
René Hell René Hell
Hassane Fall
Abesakar Samba Abesakar Samba
Karamoko Cisse Karamoko Cisse ... (as Cissé Karamako)
Samuel M'Bondi Samuel M'Bondi
Douta Seck Douta Seck ... Slave Warrior
S. Damiz S. Damiz ... Slave Bride (as Bouraima Damiz)
Gil Lator Gil Lator
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A Dutch slave captain, on a voyage to Cuba, faces a revolt fomented by a newly captured African slave, Tamango. The slaves capture the captain's mistress, forcing a showdown. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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The story they said could never be filmed! (Lobby cards). See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

24 January 1958 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Den sorte slavinde See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At initial release, depiction of interracial romance caused the film to be banned in the United States and in the French colonies. See more »

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Referenced in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) See more »

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Dorothy Dandrige:Mérimée again.
5 June 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The precedent user is right:it's based on a famous short story from Prosper Mérimée.It's strange that the writer's name does not appear in the credits on the IMDb page.Dorothy Dandrige had already been in "Carmen Jones " ,a Bizet opera based on another famous short story by...Prosper Mérimée.

"Tamango" was a failure when it was released and during the sixties,John Berry ,who had made a film noir chef d'oeuvre in the fifties ,"He ran all the way" was relegated to direct French pop star Johnny Hallyday in a forgotten turkey "A Tout Casser" .

"Tamango" is a well-made movie but it is icily impersonal.Aisha's character's evolution is predictable.On the other hand ,there's a good use of the wide screen (cinemascope ) particularly effective when it comes to depict the hold where the slaves cram.The documentary side is the most successful,and "Tamango" can be looked upon as the granddaddy of the "Roots " series in the seventies.Tamango himself is close to Kunta in that 1977 Marvin Chomsky's work.


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