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Flamenco (2014)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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This beautifully photographed documentary is Spanish-filmmaker Carlos Saura's tribute to the beauty and diversity of Spain's national dance. Using only the minimalist setting of an abandoned Seville train station and the costumes of more than 300 performers, this is a veritable feast of exciting flamenco dances, songs, and guitar playing. Some of the better known artists include Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlucar, and Lole Manuel. The film features little dialogue, relying instead on visual

Dec 2, 2003

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (8) | DVD (2)

This 1995 catalog of performances by various artists may represent the historical development of a rich and enthralling art form, but it's presented in such a clinical way it might as well be a list on a chalkboard.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A superb, impassioned concert film.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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An irresistible treat for connoisseurs and the uninitiated alike, pic will be a bracing surprise for anyone who has forgotten how exciting music, dance and voice can be.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Saura's film is both an exciting document of a thriving Spanish art form and a boring documentary.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The dead spots in the film outnumber the highlights, and a sameness sets in too soon and for too long.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The swirling together of music, dance, color and light, along with the feeling that these serious revels are driven by ancient, impenetrable mysteries, cannot help but stir the blood.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It is rare to come across a director's vision that is strong and pure in equal measure.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

The performances are simply astounding: Even a novice will feel the sheer virtuosity and passion.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One for serious flamenco fans only.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Experimental, colorful, vaguely interesting. And rather dull.

January 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's simple but it is so in a way only great films can be -- simply great.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Though stunningly shot, scored and directed, the almost wordless Flamenco pales as one musical number simply follows another.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Flamenco is also Saura's purest effort at capturing dance on film, a triumph from first frame to last.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Music and dance may be universal, but lyrics aren't, and without subtitles we are unable to engage intellectually and emotionally with the performers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Flamenco

Maybe if I actually could dance the Flamenco, I would be able to appreciate it more. Dull to a non dancer.
January 13, 2010
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Foreign Titles

  • Flamenco Flamenco (DE)
  • Flamenco, Flamenco (UK)
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