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Gardel short films: Mano a mano (1931)

Carlos Gardel poses in front of the camera with the guitar in his hands while it rests on his chest and he starts playing the chords of the dearest tango “Mano a mano”. This is one of the 15 short films recorded in 1930 by director Eduardo Morera.

The movie is 6 minutes long and starts with a conversation between Carlos Gardel and Celedonio Flores, best known as El Negro Cele. The “Zorzal Criollo” is joined onscreen by guitar players Ángel Domingo Riverol and Guillermo Barbieri. José María Aguilar is musically active but does not appear on screen.

Celedonio, as well as being the author of “Mano a mano”, is also the author of others such as “Viejo Smoking”, “Canchero” and “Tengo miedo”.

Celedonio Flores´contribution to this project is due, mainly, to Gardel´s personal request. The singer met the lyricist in 1920 in a contest featured by the Argentine newspaper “Crítica”. Gardel was pleased by his lyrics and “since then, he decided to work alongside Celedonio”.



One Comment

  • JUAN CARLOS URBANO

    Anoche tuve oportunidad de ver un documental de Queen y oír al que la gilada reconoció como la mejor voz de la historia.
    ¿Qué sabrán, pobres gallinas colgadas del pico?
    Me tomé el trabajo de “medir” al MUDO con la Varela y con Goyeneche, ambos catalogados como los grandes fraseadores del tango. La Gata demoró casi 1 minuto más que él y el Polaco 15 segundos.
    Carlitos cantó lo que le pusieron y es para tener en cuenta las limitaciones técnicas de los medios de amplificación y grabación.

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