Tango

on January 22, 1999 by Ed Scheid
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   "Tango" was shown as part of Telluride's tribute to the Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who won Oscars for "Apocalypse Now," "Reds" and "The Last Emperor." "Tango" demonstrates Storaro's full mastery of cinematic light and color.
   The film is the latest study of dance by Spanish director Carlos Saura ("Flamenco"). In the framing story set in Argentina, Mario (Miguel Angel Sola) is directing a film on the tango. Among the dancers are his estranged wife (Cecilia Narova) and Elena (Mia Maestro), the young mistress of the gangster who is one of the investors in Mario's film.
   The vibrant soundtrack includes classic tango scores and new music from Argentinean composer Lalo Schifrin ("Mission Impossible"). Saura and Storaro have created amazing images ranging from stark silhouettes to elaborate dance compositions. The staging of the tango numbers captures the sensuality, passion and undercurrent of violence in the tango music--emotions reflected in the growing attraction between Mario and Elena.    Starring Miguel Angel Sola, Cecilia Narova and Mia Maestro. Directed and written by Carlos Saura. Produced by Luis A. Scalella, Carlos L. Metasti and Juan C. Codazzi. A Sony Pictures Classics release. Drama. Spanish-language; subtitled. Rated PG-13 for sensuality, some disturbing images and brief language. Running time: 115 min.
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