The Tango Lesson DVD
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Directed by Sally Potter
Produced in 1997
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
Sally Potter, Pablo Veron
Sally Potter was working on the screenplay for Rage when she started taking tango lessons to relieve the stress of the creative process. She became hooked and concocted a new picture in which a filmmaker with writer’s block coaxes a tangoist into teaching her the seductively aggressive Argentine dance in return for a screen role. These black and white sequences are interspersed with stylised colour glimpses of Rage, her film-within-a-film fashion industry thriller, that have taken on a new intrigue since Potter got round to making it in full in 2009.
However, the real fascination here lies in the monochrome struggle for artistic supremacy between Potter and Pablo Veron, as the auteur considers the consequences of losing both control and her heart.
As in any autobiographical story there are moments of indulgence. But this deeply personal drama truly comes alive during the numbered sessions, as Robby Müller’s nimble camera captures the frisson and friction generated by Potter and Veron on the dance floor.
David Parkinson on 18th June 2012
Author of 191 reviews
'The Tango Lesson started as a desire to make a film about the joy of dance, and became a story about the complexity of love,' says Sally Potter of her first foray as both director and star.
She plays a filmmaker who decides to take tango lessons while working on her latest screenplay. Her teacher is the celebrated dancer Pablo Veron, with whoms she strikes a bargain - if he can make her a dancer, she will make him a movie star. As the lessons progress the two fall in love, but their relationship deteriorates once the cameras start rolling.
Predominantly shot in black-and-white by Robby Muller, with an accompanying soundtrack featuring classic tango recordings from the 1920s to the present, The Tango Lesson is an intense, ravishing experience.
Publisher: Artificial Eye
Cat No: ART585DVD
Format: DVD B&W
by Anon on 15th March 2004
Chronicling her obsession with the Tango this is Sally Potters first foray as both director and star and shows her talent for music and dance. Cast opposite one of the... Read on
Chronicling her obsession with the Tango this is Sally Potters first foray as both director and star and shows her talent for music and dance. Cast opposite one of the worlds most celebrated tango dancers, she strikes a bargain, if he can make her a dancer she will make him a movie star. There are three obsessions or loves skilfully depicted in the film. First love mirrors in the mirror. Another seizes a dancer. The third one burns lovers’ lips. Intensified by colour scheme, background plot and brilliant Pablo Veron’s performance the fight between three of them appears to be very tangible. Womans wisdom stops the conflict, which alongside the tango obsession becomes an issue of the film. Predominantly shot in black-and-white by Robby Muller, with an accompanying soundtrack featuring classic tango recordings from the 20s to now. "Ravishing, impassioned dance - you emerge from the cinema renewed and exhilarated, with a rose between your teeth" Evening Standard. Hide