Flamenco (1995)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

Original title:  Flamenco de Carlos Saura

Spain, 1995.  , , , , , .  Screenplay by Carlos Saura.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , Rafael Palmero, .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 1995.  

As in Carmen and Tango, Carlos Saura has once again paid tribute to a traditional form of Spanish music and dance, in this case the beautiful art of flamenco. He films various talents from around the world as they perform different forms of flamenco, from the most traditional to the more modern fusion styles (including a performance by the very popular ). The music is gorgeous, but the subtitles don’t tell you anything besides the name of the song and the style of it and the narration is confined to a few opening lines, leaving any non-Spanish speaking viewer frustrated and, eventually, bored. That said, it’s a memorable cultural experience for anybody with the slightest bit of interest in music. As with Tango, the experience is heightened by beautiful cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.

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