Tango (1998 film)

Tango (Spanish: Tango, no me dejes nunca) is a 1998 Argentine-Spanish musical drama tango film written and directed by Carlos Saura and starring Miguel Ángel Solá and Mía Maestro. It was photographed by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.

Original theatrical release poster
Directed byCarlos Saura
Produced byCarlos Mentasti
Luis A. Scalella
Screenplay byCarlos Saura
StarringMiguel Ángel Solá
Mía Maestro
Juan Luis Galiardo
Music byLalo Schifrin
CinematographyVittorio Storaro
Edited byJulia Juaniz
Adela Pictures
Alma Ata International Pictures
Argentina Sono Film
Astrolabio Producciones
Distributed byLíder Films (ARG)
Warner Bros. (ESP)
Sony Pictures Classics (USA)
Release date
  • 6 August 1998 (1998-08-06) (Argentina)
  • 25 September 1998 (1998-09-25) (Spain)
Running time
115 minutes
Budget$4 685 408 USD
Box office$1,687,311
(United States)[1]

Plot summary

In Buenos Aires, Mario Suárez, a middle-aged theatre director, is left holed up in his apartment, licking his wounds when his girlfriend (and principal dancer) Laura leaves him. Seeking distraction, he throws himself into his next project, a musical about the tango. One evening, while meeting with his backers, he is introduced to a beautiful young woman, Elena, the girlfriend of his chief investor Angelo, a shady businessman with underworld connections.

Angelo asks Mario to audition Elena. He does so and is immediately captivated by her. Eventually, he takes her out of the chorus and gives her a leading role. An affair develops between them, but the possessive Angelo has her followed, and threatens her with dire consequences if she leaves him, mirroring Mario's own feelings and actions towards Laura before Elena entered his life.

The investors are unhappy with some of Mario's dance sequences. They don't like a routine which criticises the violent military repression and torture of the past. Angelo has been given a small part, which he takes very seriously. The lines between fact and fiction begin to blur: during a scene in the musical showing immigrants newly arrived in Argentina, two men fight over the character played by Elena. She is stabbed. Only slowly do we realise that her death is not for real.



Tango was shown out of competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.[2]




Home media

Tango was issued on DVD by Sony Pictures in August 1999, in Spanish with English subtitles.

See also


  1. Tango at Box Office Mojo
  2. "Festival de Cannes: Tango". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  3. "The 71st Academy Awards (1999) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
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