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Tango & Cinema: “Los tres berretines” (1933)

Tango, soccer and cinema: the three Argentinian whims by far.

“Los tres berretines” is an Argentine cinematographic composition that presents with a humour twist some of the most effusive passions of Argentinian people: tango, soccer and cinema. It is also the second sound movie in Argentinian history, the first one was “Tango”.

The movie was directed by Enrique Telémaco Susini and was released in the Cine Astor of Buenos Aires in 1933, by rigorous expectations coming from the cinema and tango fans.  Among other things, this high expectation was due to the participation of important musicians in the film, such as the bandoneon players and orchestra directors Osvaldo Fresedo and Aníbal Troilo. This last one was debuting in the seventh art when he was only 19 years old and playing the bandoneon.

The cast also featured Luis Arata, Luisa Vehil and Luis Sandrini, which portray a family that has a hardware store and how they neglect their duties and obligations in work due to the appearance of new whims (berretines):  tango, soccer and cinema.

This is where the film gets its name from: “Los tres berretines” that in Argentinian lunfardo refers to a whim, an intense desire, a craving, a weakness for something or an intense loving feeling.

The comic and dramatic plot of the film revolves around the father´s opposition towards artistic and sport pretensions that his family presents. He thinks these will destroy the hardware store, that up to that moment, was the economical sustain of the family. His wife, daughter and mother in law settle in the cinema, one of his sons gets a place in the soccer world and his other son loses himself in love. Upon this new reality, he is faced with two options: resist alongside his hardware store or get carried away and involve himself in his family´s new passions.

This audiovisual project from director Telémaco, conveys a fun story while portraying part of the Argentinian idiosyncrasy through its whims (berretines), which later in the tape, become talent and success.

On the link below we can enjoy the song “Araca la cana” that is present in one of the scenes, where José María Rizutti shines on the piano, Vicente Tagliacozzo on the violin and the magnificent Aníbal “Pichuco” Troilo with his fascinating bandoneon.

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