LATIN FEVER: Five ways the tango has fired the imagination!
Here are the Fab Five Imagination-Firers according to the UK's The Independent. Obviously this list focuses on influences within the last 40 years, leaving out the first hundred years or so of tango history. I personally don't agree with any of them, although I haven't read the two books. My list will come after, gives me more time to think about it.
1. Valentino (1977) dir. Ken Russell
Ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev stars in this lavish film, famous for its two-man tango scene danced by Nureyev and Anthony Dowell. I think the real Valentino probably fired up a heck of a lot more tango--and people.
2. Tango Fire
The latest tango stage show to arrive from Argentina is at London's Peacock Theatre (0844 412 4300) until 29 September. The show then tours to 18 British venues. What the world doesn't need in 2007 is another mediocre tango stage show.
3. The Meaning of Tango: The Story of the Argentinian Dance by Christine Denniston
Traces the dance's history from the brothels of Buenos Aires through to the 1980s revival. They always love the "brothels" part.
4. Astor Piazolla, A Memoir by Natalio Gorin
Official biography of the brilliant iconoclast and Argentine hero who revitalised the music of tango, creating Tango Nuevo. Betcha he didn't know he was "creating tango nuevo."
5. Assassination Tango (2003) dir. Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall plays a hitman sent on a job to Argentina. There he meets tango dancer Luciana Pedraza who becomes his guide to the sensuous dance. This movie could have been so much better, but to its credit, it could have been so much worse. At least Duvall only put himself into the role of the "tango star dancing with the young girl" in his dreams. But what was all that weird stuff about his relationship with his girlfriend's little daughter?
Tangocherie's list of Imagination Firers:
1. The first traveling Tango for Tourists stage show, Tango Argentino.
2. The tango scene in Scent of a Woman with Al Pacino.
3. Astor Piazzola's music, not a book about him.
4. The zillions of tango videos, good and bad, on YouTube available to everyone around the globe.
5. The many people visiting Buenos Aires since the "crisis of 2001" and see the real tango for the first time, the tango of the embrace.
So what would be on your list?