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Tango in film

Argentine tango is the main subject in these films:

  • The Tango Bar (1988), starring Raúl Juliá
  • The Tango Lesson (1997), starring Sally Potter and Pablo Verón, directed by Sally Potter
  • Tango (1998), starring Cecilia Narova and Mía Maestro, directed by Carlos Saura
  • Assassination Tango (2002), starring Robert Duvall, Rubén Blades and Kathy Baker, directed by Robert Duvall

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A painting of Carlos Gardel, designed by Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró

A number of films show ballroom tango in several scenes, such as:

  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), starring Rudolph Valentino and Alice Terry, directed by Rex Ingram.
  • Last Tango in Paris (1972), starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
  • The World's Greatest Lover (1977), starring Gene Wilder (who also directed), Carol Kane and Dom DeLuise.
  • Death on the Nile (1978), Peter Ustinov and Olivia Hussey tango whilst David Niven is the unfortunate partner to Angela Lansbury's rather eccentric version of the dance.
  • Never Say Never Again (1983), starring Sean Connery and Kim Basinger, directed by Irvin Kershner.
  • Scent of a Woman (1992), Al Pacino as blind Colonel dances Argentine Tango.
  • Strictly Ballroom (1992), directed by Baz Luhrmann
  • Addams Family Values (1993), Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston dance a tango so passionate that it literally burns the floor and makes all the champagne bottles in the nightclub pop their corks.
  • Schindler's List (1993), starring Liam Neeson
  • True Lies (1994), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis, directed by James Cameron
  • Happy Together (1997), directed by Wong Kar-wai
  • Moulin Rouge! (2001), featuring Ewan McGregor and "El Tango de Roxanne"
  • Le Tango Des Rashevski (2002)
  • Chicago (2002), starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere, directed by Rob Marshall.
  • Shall We Dance (2004), starring Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon, directed by Peter Chelsom.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, directed by Doug Liman.
  • Rent (2005) had Anthony Rapp and Tracie Thoms perform a semi-elaborate ballroom tango in the song "Tango:Maureen" to describe their emotional relations and issues over a promiscious girl they both dated.
  • Take the Lead (2006), starring Antonio Banderas, directed by Liz Friedlander

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Milonga Facts

Milonga is a term for a place or an event where tango is danced. People who frequently go to milongas are sometimes called milongueros. The term "milonga" can also refer to a musical genre.

Due to the strict assembly ban imposed by the military government, milongas almost disappared from Buenos Aires in the 1960s and 1970s. Nevertheless, since the beginning of the 1990s, the tango culture in Buenos Aires has undergone dynamic development, and today one can choose from between fifteen and thirty different milongas every day.

Well-known milongas:

* Confiteria Ideal: an old-fashioned milonga where dances are held afternoons and evenings, almost every day of the week. Confiteria Ideal was the setting for films like The Tango Lesson' and Evita.
* Salon Canning: a meeting point for the best dancers of Buenos Aires on Fridays.
* La National: another traditional milonga.
* Nino Bien: another traditional milonga.
* La Viruta: a preferred place for the younger public; up to 200 people attend dancing classes here before the dance. The music includes electrotango and sometimes even salsa and rock and roll.

Tango Music:


Five years on from their stunning, passion-drenched debut, La Revancha Del Tango, Argentine guitarist Eduardo Makaroff and Parisian electronica producers Philippe Cohen Solal and Christoph H Müller are back and continuing the progression of the tango. Initial sessions for Lunático took place at Studio ION in Buenos Aires with a wide range of local musicians, including a full string section. The result is a warmer, less stark album - deeper, broader and richer. In places, the return to the Argentine roots is evident as it draws more heavily on tradition. Elsewhere, the tango genre's limits are tested by drum loops and rap, but it always seems as fitting as a rose between the teeth. If you're after dark, bloody romance with a twist, look no further.

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