Movies Featuring Great Tango Scenes – Part 2

Part two of our tango around the movies features more great films that have tango at the core of the plot. In part one Scent of a Woman and Moulin Rouge displayed how powerful the tango could be on the big screen and how it could bring the passion, love and despair into a scene. […]

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Movies Featuring Great Tango Scenes – Part 2

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Part two of our tango around the movies features more great films that have tango at the core of the plot. In part one Scent of a Woman and Moulin Rouge displayed how powerful the tango could be on the big screen and how it could bring the passion, love and despair into a scene. Easy Virtue Easy Virtue is a romantic comedy starring Colin Firth, Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes and Kristen Scott Thomas....

Part two of our tango around the movies features more great films that have tango at the core of the plot. In part one Scent of a Woman and Moulin Rouge displayed how powerful the tango could be on the big screen and how it could bring the passion, love and despair into a scene.

Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue is a romantic comedy starring Colin Firth, Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes and Kristen Scott Thomas. It relays the story of two young people from different worlds, an Englishman and an American, who get married and bring their differences home to their families. The tango scene is more elegant than passionate, and the Easy Virtue Tango is brilliantly performed by Colin Firth and Jessica Biel. It provides a classic moment in the film and an interruption that is gladly taken by the audience.

Assassination Tango

Legendary Hollywood actor Robert Duval plays an aging hitman who is dispatched to Buenos Aires on a mission to kill a general. The contract does not pan out as first envisaged and Duvall gets wrapped up in the culture of tango in Argentina. The tango performed is a dramatic and melancholic Last Tango with Manuela. Duval dances with his real-life partner Luciana Pedraza and they both perform exceptionally well and light up the film.

Upside Down

Upside Down

Upside Down features the classic tango written by Hector Stampone and Catulo Castillo, El ultimo cafe (the last coffee). The sci-fi film genre is not normally what you would associate with classic tango but it proves a dream moment for lovers Adam and Eden who live in twinned worlds. The couple have been forced apart for ten years until Adam finds a way to visit his love in a dangerous quest. The tango is a celebration of their unrequited passion and love and provides comfort for the estranged lovers. Starring Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst and Timothy Spall.

The Tango Lesson

The action starts in Paris in this 1997 movie, where the accidental meeting of Sally and tango dancer Pablo changes her life. After being taught how to tango by Pablo, Sally returns to London to work on many tango related ideas. Taking her passion for the dance to Argentina, Sally meets up with some of Pablo’s friends who offer more instruction. The film is a semi-biography of Sally Potter and her tango master Pablo Veron and the most poignant moment is the scene where Sally dances the Libertango with three different partners. The film was highly acclaimed and was nominated for a BAFTA award, it was written and also directed by the star of the film Sally Potter.

It is hardly surprising that the directors chose the medium of tango to provide highlights in their productions. Each of the featured films show the variety that tango can bring to any story line, whether it is simply to provide a moment of music or dance to liven a story, or whether it is to bring a meaningful message in the form of dance to the proceedings. Tango is by its very nature a passionate and explicit form of dance, and can relay difficult emotions in a way no other dance could possibly do.