Was not a fan of Saura's 1998 "Tango," as the choreography and cinematography were too glitzy. This production was pitch perfect though. Loved the cinematography, the choreography, and the costuming. Owes much to Bob Fosse's 1979 boundary-breaking dance masterpiece "All That Jazz," with editing and storytelling moving between fiction and reality. Wonderful interweaving of camera angles--looks easy, but so hard to do!
This would make a very cool double feature with Guy Maddin’s vampire ballet silent film, Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary. Very intense and beautiful and tragic. So much from so little. Stories of human ridiculousness told in ways as elemental as ancient Greek theater. Inventive films driven by the dance. Camera movements forced to mean. The dancing says so many things. No empty calories, all sweat and blood.