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Flamenco (1995)

As a hall fills with performers, a narrator says that flamenco came from Andalucia, a mix of Greek psalms, Mozarabic dirges, Castillian ballads, Jewish laments, Gregorian chants, African ... See full summary »

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Carlos Saura

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Cast overview, first billed only:
La Paquera de Jerez La Paquera de Jerez ... Herself (segment "Bulerías")
Merche Esmeralda Merche Esmeralda ... Herself (segment "Guajira")
Manolo Sanlúcar Manolo Sanlúcar ... Himself (segment "Alegrías")
Joaquín Cortés ... Himself (segment "Farruca")
Manuel Moneo Manuel Moneo ... Himself (segment "Martinete")
Agujeta Agujeta ... (segment "Martinete")
Mario Maya Mario Maya ... Himself (segment "Martinete")
Paco Toronjo Paco Toronjo ... Himself (segment "Fandangos de Huelva")
Antonio Toscano Antonio Toscano ... Himself (segment "Fandangos de Huelva")
Fernanda de Utrera Fernanda de Utrera ... Herself (segment "Soleares")
José Menese José Menese ... Himself (segment "Petenera")
María Pagés María Pagés ... Herself (segment "Petenera")
Enrique Morente Enrique Morente ... Himself (segment "Siguiriyas")
José Mercé José Mercé ... Himself (segment "Soleá")
Manuela Carrasco Manuela Carrasco ... Herself (segment "Soleá")
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As a hall fills with performers, a narrator says that flamenco came from Andalucia, a mix of Greek psalms, Mozarabic dirges, Castillian ballads, Jewish laments, Gregorian chants, African rhythms, and Iranian and Romany melodies. The film presents thirteen rhythms of flamenco, each with song, guitar, and dance: the up-tempo bularías, a brooding farruca, an anguished martinete, and a satiric fandango de huelva. There are tangos, a taranta, alegrías, siguiriyas, soleás, a guajira of patrician women, a petenera about a sentence to death, villancicos, and a final rumba. Families present numbers, both festive and fierce. The camera and the other performers are the only audience. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In the tradition of Riverdance, one of the finest and most stunning performance films ever made.

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

25 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Фламенко See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,766, 24 August 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$384,374, 14 September 1997
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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This celebration of the Spanish dance form features over 300 performers. See more »

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Tangos
Performed by Juana La Del Revuelo, Remedios Amaya, Aurora Vargas, Quique Paredes and Martín Chico (guitar)
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Where was the narrative?
24 November 1999 | by sandra.neillSee all my reviews

This film could have been quite good if only there'd been some explanation--of the performers, the culture, the songs, the country... Anything. But there was nothing beyond a line or two at the very outset. From that point forward, it was nothing more than music videos. One performance after another, with no more information than the song name provided. As a fan of flamenco who knows very little about the culture it arose out of, I'd have appreciated much more background info. Buena Vista Social Club, a film in the same genre, did this beautifully. It detailed the performers, the history of the music, the songs. Because it did none of this, Flamenco was boring. What is more, the camera work is at times quite awful. Why the extended, extreme tonsil-shot closeups of singers?


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