Tango in popular culture

There is something about the word tango that seems to have a power in itself. Everybody seems to share the idea that tango is something special. Tango’s strong image in the public conscience is not quite the same as we tango addicts have, as we actually know the authentic tango culture and (I suppose) think of it when we hear the word. To a large degree, the image the general public has of tango is imposed from the depiction of tango in popular culture, and movies in particular. [Read More]

Rose in mouth

by alyssathiele The tango cliché of dancing with a rose in the mouth is quite fascinating. It is everywhere, and everybody doing argentine tango wants absolutely nothing to do with it. But where does it come from? I have often seen it associated with the silent movie star Rudolph Valentino, and suggested that it first appeared in the movie Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921). So being curious, I had to check this out. [Read More]