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Tango Lesson
     

The Tango Lesson

Director: Sally Potter, Pablo Veron, Gustavo Naveira, Fabian Salas

Cast: Sally Potter, Pablo Veron, Gustavo Naveira, Fabian Salas

 

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Maverick filmmaker Sally Potter, who won acclaim in 1993 with the gender-bending, history-warping Orlando, returns to her dancing roots with The Tango Lesson. Potter wrote, directed, and starred in the film, also assembling the soundtrack, dancing, and even singing the film's final song. Potter was trained as a dancer in London in the 1970s before

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Maverick filmmaker Sally Potter, who won acclaim in 1993 with the gender-bending, history-warping Orlando, returns to her dancing roots with The Tango Lesson. Potter wrote, directed, and starred in the film, also assembling the soundtrack, dancing, and even singing the film's final song. Potter was trained as a dancer in London in the 1970s before turning to film. Here, she plays Sally, a character who is essentially herself. Sally is a screenwriter suffering from writer's block and dissatisfaction with her own project, a murder mystery movie called Rage which focuses on the fashion industry. To take a break, she travels to Paris, where she sees the dancer Pablo Veron perform the tango. She becomes obsessed with the dance and offers Veron a part in her film in exchange for lessons. The two become deeply involved as dancers and as lovers, and their emotional intimacy threatens the success of their dancing together. The film is shot mostly in black and white, except for some dream sequences in which Sally fantasizes about her film project. Veron performs many modern dance numbers, including tap and ballroom dancing, as part of his tango repertoire. ~ Michael Betzold

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
A tour de force for the multi-talented director Sally Potter, the autobiographical drama The Tango Lesson relies on its concepts to make up for a dull story. The tango as a metaphor for a relationship allows for various meditations and Potter gives the audience plenty of time to ponder the nature of power struggles in artistic and romantic collaboration. While very little happens in between the stunning dance numbers, the black-and-white cinematography by Robby Muller lends itself well to the dancing. The vibrantly contrasting fantasy sequences of her abandoned script, "Rage," are fascinating yet sparse glimpses into the protagonist's creative process. However, the plot is slow-moving and that isn't helped by Potter's ultra-subtle performance in the lead. In addition to directing, dancing, and composing some of the music, it seems she has spread herself too thin. Pablo Veron is appealing as a dancer and choreographer, but even his performance is underdeveloped. While not delivering the passionate fire the tango conjures up in the imagination, what unfolds instead is a thoughtful romance filled with restrained desire. While dismissed by many as being self-indulgent, The Tango Lesson nevertheless proves Potter's bravery and experimentation as a filmmaker to address such a personal subject.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2011
UPC:
0043396380820
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Region Code:
1

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sally Potter Sally
Pablo Veron Pablo
Gustavo Naveira Gustavo
Fabian Salas Fabian
David Toole Fashion Designer
Carolina Iotti Pablo's Partner
Carlos Copello Carlos
Peter Eyre English Tango Fan
Heathcote Williams Builder

Technical Credits
Sally Potter Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Simona Benzakein Co-producer
Carlos Conti Production Designer
Diane Gelon Associate Producer
Gerard Hardy Sound/Sound Designer
Oscar Kramer Co-producer
Irene Lamb Casting
Paul Minter Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Paul Mugel Sound/Sound Designer
Robby Müller Cinematographer
Waldo Roeg Asst. Director
Christian Keller Sarmiento Co-producer
Herve Schneid Editor
Christopher Sheppard Producer
Pablo Veron Choreography
Cat Villiers Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Tango Lesson
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [9:59]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [9:59]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [9:59]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [9:59]
9. Chapter 9 [10:00]
10. Chapter 10 [9:59]
11. Chapter 11 [1:50]
12. Chapter 12 [:00]

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