Movies Featuring Great Tango Scenes – Part 1

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You do not have to be a tango lover to enjoy great tango dance scenes in blockbuster movies. The tango has featured heavily in movies for decades and it is because of its inherent sensuality and originality. The tango is probably the most expressive dance that there is and that is why film directors have […]

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Movies Featuring Great Tango Scenes – Part 1

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You do not have to be a tango lover to enjoy great tango dance scenes in blockbuster movies. The tango has featured heavily in movies for decades and it is because of its inherent sensuality and originality. The tango is probably the most expressive dance that there is and that is why film directors have featured it so heavily on the big screen. In this blog we look at the movies that feature...

You do not have to be a tango lover to enjoy great tango dance scenes in blockbuster movies. The tango has featured heavily in movies for decades and it is because of its inherent sensuality and originality. The tango is probably the most expressive dance that there is and that is why film directors have featured it so heavily on the big screen. In this blog we look at the movies that feature the tango and how this great dance embellished and added to the film’s overall quality and appeal.

Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

The tango scene in the hit film Moulin Rouge was a key moment in the movie, the film is about a poet who falls for a beautiful courtesan played by Nicole Kidman. Dance scenes feature heavily in this Baz Luhrmann blockbuster released in 2001 but the tango scene was especially fantastic. Entitled El tango de Roxanne, the dance is an ode to everything that tango represents, love, despair and jealousy. The dance has amazing choreography, with the dramatic music it is set to, enchanting performances by Jose Feliciano and Ewan McGregor make it a key moment in the movie.

Tango

Tango is an Argentinean film dedicated to tango and of course love, power, and growing older. Directed by Carlos Saura the film heavily features tango scenes that help to tell the narrative of the movie. The particular tango scene that is the ultimate demonstration of the power of tango is La Cumparista. La Cumparista is one of the most recognizable tango’s that there ever has been, and it is performed by internationally acclaimed tango dancers, Cecilia Narova and Juan Carlos Copes.

Take the Lead

Take the Lead

Take the lead was an American release in 2006 featuring Antonio Banderas and Yaya DaCosta. The film is based on the premise that dance can have the power to change people’s lives. And for a particular group of problem kids it is tango that is the solution. The exceptionally sensuous Asi se baila el Tango is performed by Katya Virshilas and Antonio Banderas whilst the students watch mesmerized. Of course, the kids get wrapped up in a world of dance that improves their outlook on life dramatically.

Scent of a Woman

Scent of a Woman is an all-time classic movie starring Al Pacino as a blind man on a desperate mission, who has the assistance of a student babysitter played by Chris O’Donnell. This emotive film won an Oscar and a plethora of other awards. A key highlight is where the blind Al Pacino dances the Por una cabezatango tango and it remains one of the classic tango moments in cinematography. This tango has been featured in other notable films but this rendition by Gabrielle Anwar and Al Pacino is by far the best. The lyrics describe the addiction a man has for women, horse racing and gambling and was written by Carlos Gardel.

Por una cabezatango ends part one of our great tango scenes in movies, in part two we see more exceptional displays of the tango in films such as, shall we Dance, The Tango Lesson and Easy Virtue.