Carlos Saura began what would become his trilogy with this depiction of a single dress rehearsal for choreographer Antonio Gades’ adaptation of poet/playwright Federico Garcia Lorca’s tale of passionate revenge.
Three great Spanish artists together in one delirious film: Carlos Saura adapting a choreography by Antonio Gades, himself adapting Federico García Lorca. Saura, famed for his dance films, is at his best, capturing both the moments before the show begins, and then all the movement in its beauty.
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!
It's a masterpiece. No words and yet it expresses everything Lorca wrote into the play Bodas de sangre. Through dance and body motions, Saura pulls off one of the cinema's great works. Beautiful stuff!