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Tango & Cinema: “Scent of a woman”

Scent of a woman: “No mistakes in Tango”.


In 1992 an American filmmaker Martin Brest took Giovanni Arpino ́s Italian novel “Il Buio E Il Miele” and gave it to Bo Goldman so that he could transform it into a movie script. He then added an amazing soundtrack filled with eloquent, contagious and some tango music. And on top of that, he placed Al Pacino in the leading role, the icing of the cake. Yes, Al Pacino, the same guy that played Michael Corleone in “The Godfather”. What could go wrong? Nothing.

The history that unravels within “Scent of a woman” maintains an immersive human argument and sometimes disturbing. A young man Charlie Simms (Chris O’Donnell) is a student granted with a scholarship, since he has little resources, that finds himself in the need of extra money on Christmas Eve to travel so that he can meet with his family. The opportunity rises when he is offered to work as a guidance assistant to a retired officer (Al Pacino) who is a bitter, arrogant, stubborn, restless drinker and also blind.

Filled with introspective dialogues, reflexive situations that confront the leading men between ethic, moral, natural desires and unexpected humor, this movie offers us convincing and emotional speeches. It makes us smile with the same power it unsettles us.

And, of course, we are almost obliged to dedicate a few words to point out Al Pacino ́s exquisite performance as Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade. There are not enough words to describe the elegance in all the characters shades that transcend onto us by this old stubborn blind man. But what is a better recognition than an Oscar award for actor in a leading role granted by the Academy to resume the grandiosity of his role.

“No mistakes in tango, darling, not like life. That ́s what makes the tango so great. If you make a mistake, get all tangled up, just tango on”, is what Lieutenant Frank Slade says to a beautiful woman after he invites her to dance tango with him.

No mistakes in “Scent of a woman”, none in Al Pacino ́s performance or in his dancing tango for over two minute on the classic tango piece “Por Una Cabeza”. There are none, and if you do not believe us, see it for yourself on the link below:



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