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Tangos, the Exile of Gardel (1985)

El exilio de Gardel: Tangos (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Musical | 21 November 1986 (USA)
Some Argentinians, exiled in Paris, decide to put on a tango-ballet, dedicated to Carlos Gardel, a legendary Argentinian tango star.

Writers:

Fernando E. Solanas (screenplay), Djamila Olivessi (screenplay assistance)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Laforêt ... Mariana
Philippe Léotard ... Pierre
Miguel Ángel Solá ... Juan Dos
Marina Vlady ... Florence
Georges Wilson ... Jean-Marie
Lautaro Murúa ... Gerardo
Ana María Picchio ... Ana
Gabriela Toscano Gabriela Toscano ... Maria / Young Dancer
Nora Codina Nora Codina ... Solo Dancer / Nucleo Danza
Guillermo Altamirano Guillermo Altamirano ... Solo Dancer / Nucleo Danza (as G. Altamirano) (as German Altamirano)
Robert Thomas Robert Thomas ... Solo Dancer
Manon Hotte Manon Hotte ... Solo Dancer
Gloria Arquimbau Gloria Arquimbau ... Solo Dancer (as Gloria et Eduardo)
Eduardo Arquimbau Eduardo Arquimbau ... Solo Dancer (as Gloria et Eduardo)
Ines Sanguinetti Ines Sanguinetti ... Solo Dancer
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In the sorrow of exile, a group of Argentinians in Paris seek solace and connection to their culture by staging a set of tangos. The film alternates between their vibrant rehearsals and their circumscribed lives in low-rent apartments, underemployed, fitfully communicating with families back home, trying to make do with what they hope are only temporary arrangements in a foreign land. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Musical

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Trivia

Official submission of Argentina for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 59th Academy Awards in 1987. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Eleventh Hour: Havana Report (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Los Tangos del exilio de Gardel
Music by José Luis Castiñeira de Dios (as Castiñeira de Dios)
Lyrics by Fernando E. Solanas
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Wallflowers
4 July 2007 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Being a branch on the Spanish film-making tree, Argentines have no problem with the idea of blending a show within a movie, to the world of the movie itself, and then to the world outside the movie in which the viewer lives.

I call this folding.

I came to this because I knew it had this quality. And that it had something else that fascinates me: dance. Filmed dance is one of the most intriguing problems for a filmmaker and rewarding for a viewer. I love it when it works.

Also, I discovered on viewing that it plays with a related notion: that you cannot really see something that you are part of. You have to be in a fold, removed a bit. And it has yet another notion that compels. Sex as movement, as choreographed caress between two people who have poise that comes from wisdom through grace or pain, usually a mix. Its not a typical Hispanic idea, and is unique to Argentina, a philosophy of embodiment that corresponds in a way to fine acting. This alone, this one idea alone can melt the cauterized heart, and when experienced in life or remembered in art is transforming.

Yes, this film has all these ideas in it. Probably, the filmmaker is one of those wonderful people to know, full of ideas that spill out in ways that don't matter. Any intelligent, or fully felt conversation on any of these ideas will be more valuable than this movie. In fact, that is yet another idea here, that real touch has no substitute. None at all.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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21 November 1986 (USA) See more »

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