Tango Film Club

2009 April 19
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I was planning to write a separate post for each of those, but I never seem to find the time… The recent posts by tangocommuter prompted me to write up this list of my favorite tango films. I never was all that interestesd in instructional videos, but films about the  culture I find fascinating.  In our small community we arranged public showings in an informal tango film club to make these gems available to the rest of the community. Not very many showed up, but it was a small and enthusiastic regular crowd. So here is the list, with links to where to get them.

See it, and see it again!

Maestro J. Dispari on Tango: bayle nuestro

Documentaries (mostly) about dancing

Documentaries mostly about music

Feature films

Classic references

Stay away from

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  1. 2009 May 26

    For those who can wait to purchase DVDs in Buenos Aires, these are the prices in pesos at Musimundo music stores all over the city. I found all of them at the store on Santa Fe near Callao.

    Cafe de los Maestros – 39.90
    El Ultimo Bandoneon – 24.90
    Si sos brujo (story of the Orquesta Escuela del Tango) – 19.90
    Si sos brujo + Tango: A strange turn – 29.90
    Another Way: Tango with Rodolfo Mederos – 44.90
    Los Capos de Tango: D’Arienzo and Troilo – 19.90 each

  2. 2009 May 29

    Thanks! I got quite a few of those in Bs As myself 🙂 Can’t wait to get back..

  3. 2009 June 30

    Is Surrender Tango by Marcia Rock (NYC) on your list?

  4. 2009 July 5

    No, is it any good?

  5. 2009 July 7

    You can view a trailer of Surrender Tango on YouTube.

    There is no end to the tango films that are being made. Actor Willem Dafoe was in Buenos Aires last month filming tango scenes for his next film directed by his wife. A photo of them appeared in the June/July issue of B.A. Tango.

    The site 10tango.com mentions that Alberto Podesta (85) will play the leading role in “El Cantor de Tango.” I found details at http://www.cinenacional.com/peliculas/index.php?pelicula=3637

  6. 2009 July 9

    Well — you see that is why I asked, gringos and stage dancers, doesn’t seem that interesting to me. There is a lot out there, the question is: what is worth spending time on?

  7. 2010 September 20

    Thanks for the film list! It was inspiartion while I was compiling our list of tango noteworthy films, with the intention of screening some of them here in Nairobi… see our Tango Films list at: http://www.patamango.com/tango-films

    Some confusion I think regarding the the note on Saura’s “Tango” – that it is a “remake” of Tango Bar… I believe that this would be referring to a different Tango Bar than the one listed here… TangoCD is the only site I found this title on: http://www.tangocd.com/Tango_Music/prodView.asp?idproduct=1076

  8. 2010 September 20

    @Nairobi: Thanks. Yes, the one I loosely refer to as remade is the 1988 Tango Bar, not the one with Gardel. It seems to be stillavailable on Amazon, follow the link on this page.

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