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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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Against the backdrop of a confined and minimalist room, a plethora of activities takes place. Little by little, the small chamber is occupied by diverse characters whose looping and overlapping daily routine generates a perfectly choreographed ballet, stunningly arranged and orchestrated by the cosmic tango of life. Written by Nick Riganas

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Poland

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June 1981 (France) See more »

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Танго See more »

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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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This must be watched-words do not do it justice!
14 November 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

The year 1982 saw three shorts nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short. All were excellent and could easily have won. It was the misfortune of The Great Cognito and The Snowman that they were in direct competition with this short. This is so intricately done and so fascinating in its conception and execution, that words fail me. It reminds me of the feeling I get when I look at the works of M.C. Escher. This must be watched (more than once) to be fully grasped. One warning is necessary: this is not for children. A portion or two of this is most decidedly adult in nature. Most decidedly and solidly recommended!


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