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Tango & cinema: “Tango’s Story (1949)”

Year 1949 was a complicated period of time throughout the entire world.  The war had recently ended, and men were coming back from the fronts to position themselves in the redoing of the world’s order. Society was being rebuilt, together with sovereignty and culture. Edifying culture, precisely, is something that Argentina has always done very well. You might ask how it has been able to do so.  Its vehicle has been Tango.

In the year 1949 a film called “The Story of Tango” is released in Argentina. It is directed by Manuel Romero, one the most important figures in argentine show business. He’s a journalist, a poet, a playwriter, a director and an art lover who dedicated a lot of his work to highlight Tango in all its complexity: codes, values and folklore.

The film, which was presented in black and white, tells the story of a composer and a tango singer who use milonga as an excuse to fall in love, through an entertaining musical mise-en-scene. The main characters, however, are obliged by life’s circumstances to divide their professional and love life, leading them in different ways.  

Despite this, the plot’s hook shows up due to the great love for tango that the protagonist’s children feel. Their son’s, both Tango singers, meet and fall in love, consequently provoking the unexpected reunion of their parents. As from then on, an endless chain of sensations is experienced.

The movie is 84 minutes long and was filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina. An outstanding cast of actors and musical artists took part in it, such as: Virginia Luque, Fernando Lamas, Tito Lusiardo, Juan José Míguez and Tita Merello herself, who plays herself.

As can be expected, the background music of the movie was put together with a tango dance in which Francisco Canaro and his Orquesta Típica, together with Roberto Firpo, fill us with joy with their interpretations. Two of the most memorable musical themes are, “La morocha” “El porteñito”, “Mi noche triste”, “Pobre mi madre querida” and the classical “Yira yira”.


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