The Tango Lesson (1997)
This arty second full-length feature from filmmaker Sally Potter represents a docudramatic account of her love affair with the title dance. Her affair with the Argentine pastime began while she was working on her latest project, a script called "Rage." While the bulk of this film is done in black-and-white, her dream sequences for the film are acted out in color. The script, worth $20 million when finished, proves difficult to write, and she is driving herself crazy with the effort. One night she escapes the project by attending a tango concert. Afterwards Sally asks Pablo the lead dancer to teach her to dance in exchange for starring him in her film. Later, she travels to Argentina to perfect her moves. Upon her return to Paris she again takes up with Pablo. This time, she gets him ready to appear in "Rage." She deals with Hollywood contacts, but things go awry and the whole deal abruptly dies. With her hopes dashed, Sally turns to the tango for solace. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Tango Lesson
Continues Sally Potter's exploration of the sexual politics involved in creative expression.
Most of the film had Potter and Veron dancing and that had me jumping with joy.
Audience Reviews for The Tango Lesson
If I wanted to watch a movie stemmed from the likes of Dirty Dancing, I'd just watch Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. At least then I would felt like I had been watching a film. This is just one big dance lesson with a stereotypical shy Jewish woman and her Chilean lover. In no way is it entertaining or even the slightest bit interesting, it's probably one of the hardest movies to watch because it's so bland and downright idiotic. The film within a film idea is done horribly and constantly confusing for no reason. Just because you want to break the average narrative doesn't mean you need to do something like this. There's many more brave and rewarding films out there.More
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