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Flamenco (2014)

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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 pageantry, music and costumes. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Flamenco

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2014
Chicago Reader
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A superb, impassioned concert film.

Full Review… | September 19, 2014
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.

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Flamenco

Horrible bore. Just one dance after another without dialogue, and the passionate songs come without subtitles so we don't understand what the passionate singer is singing about. Avoid this turkey.

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

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