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Dance Film 'Tango'
To Screen April 13-16
MAILED: April 5, 2000|
"Tango" (1998), another exhilarating celebration of dance from director Carlos Saura ("Carmen," "Flamenco"), will screen April 13-16 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Called "transfixingly beautiful ... a very deserving recipient of a best foreign film Oscar nomination" by The New York Times, the film will be presented Thursday through Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.
"Tango" revitalizes the backstage-musical tradition that includes "42nd Street," "A Chorus Line" and, most relevantly, Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz," which it resembles in its strong autobiographical dimension.
The story centers on Mario Suarez (Miguel Angel Sola), who comes to Buenos Aires to direct an all-dancing movie called "Tango." Shattered by the departure of his longtime lover, seized with mid-life doubt, Mario seeks refuge in his art. Most of the film's action takes place within the movie studio, a labyrinth of screens, mirrors, circling cameras, and multimedia projections that provide a fitting frame for the tango, the most self-conscious and intricate of popular dance forms.
In one breathtaking number after another, passion is transformed into art, flesh and bone into line and form. Mario's increasingly daring concepts alienate his nervous investors, especially a mafioso nightclub owner whose mistress has jilted him for the director. The gangster threatens revenge as Mario struggles to shape his seething imagination into a coherent film until the ever-narrowing gap between art and life is resolved in a tour-de-force climax.
The 115-minute color film (in Spanish, subtitled in English, rated PG-13) will screen via DVD projection.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 5, 2000