Our Last Tango (2015)
María Nieves Rego (80) and Juan Carlos Copes (83) met when they were 14 and 17, and they danced together for nearly fifty years. In all those years they loved and hated each other and went through several painful separations. Now, at the end of their lives, the two dancers are willing to open up about their love, their hatred, and their passion. In "Our Last Tango" Juan and María tell their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, who transform the most beautiful, moving and dramatic moments of the lives into incredible tango-choreographies. These beautifully-shot performances compliment the soul-searching interviews and documentary moments of the film to make this an unforgettable journey into the heart of the tango.
Our Last Tango (2015)
"Juan en María doen hun verhaal voor de camera en aan een groep jonge tangodansers en choreografen, die op hun beurt alle mooie, dramatische en tragische momenten uit de geschiedenis van het koppel al dansend verbeelden. De totstandkoming van die dansscènes en het spetterende resultaat ervan geeft de film niet alleen in tekst maar ook in beeld een grote liefde voor de tango mee. Tussendoor zien we de hoofdrolspelers dwalen door de straten van de Argentijnse hoofdstad, die zo anders is dan een halve eeuw geleden; die ze soms nauwelijks terug herkennen."
Now in their 80s, Rego and Copes met in their teens. In Our Last Tango, they recount their passionate, chaotic relationship to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, who transform moments of their lives into dance performances.
A documentary that chronicles the lives of Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, the most famous tango dancers who formed a partnership in their teenage years that spanned five decades, intercepted...Read more by romance, conflicts, separations, and reconciliations.
A documentary that chronicles the lives of Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, the most famous tango dancers who formed a partnership in their teenage years that spanned five...Read more decades, intercepted by romance, conflicts, separations, and reconciliations.
Our last Tango is a poignant love story, driven by an overwhelming passion for the tango as an art form, so strong that they stayed together dancing for all those years despite tumultuous personal tensions. These experiences transformed their performances and their choreography so that in some ways, it expressed the relationship they were living through. Their love/hate on- off stage relationship was painful, fractured and yet, they managed to remain consummately professional. One particularly significant dance that Copes choreographed, was astonishingly danced entirely on a tiny table top. This seems to have represented them as a dancing couple, who despite being full of rage for each other, were also inextricably locked together by their overwhelming love of this special dance.
During 50s-70s they embarked on a victorious mission to revive the otherwise forgotten tango, thus gaining a worldwide recognitions for their contributions. Alas, successful in tango, unlucky in love, their explosive affair, marriage and subsequent separation, are the subject of this gem of a documentary.
The life and love story of Argentina's famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who met as teenagers and danced together for nearly fifty years until a painful separation tore them apart.
Executive produced by Wim Wenders, this profile of octagenarian tango maestros María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes is as dramatic as any backstage musical. Starting out as teenagers in Buenos Aires, the duo helped popularise this most passionate of dances and reached the peak of their international fame in the mid-1980s when Tango Argentino was nominated for a Tony award on Broadway. But, as Nieves recalls in a narrative slightly tilted in her favour, Copes strayed as both a life and a dance partner, and her recollections of the off-stage silences she endured before they ceased collaborating in 1998 are as painful as the re-creations of their famous tango and milonga routines by Juan Malizia and Ayelen Alvarez Miño are exhilarating and chic. The latter pair get the chance to interrogate Nieves about her life and technique, and she revels in playing the grande dame. But director German Kral also slips in a potted history of the tango and archive footage of classic choroegraphy like the "double gaucho" performed on tiny table tops. As much about dealing with the pain of parting as an artistic memoir, this is a bittersweet delight.
OUR LAST TANGO (Un tango más) executive produced by Wim Wenders (Pina, Buena Vista Social Club, Wings of Desire) and directed by German Kral, will be released in the UK on 22nd September by Celluloid Circus in partnership with the Argentine Film Festival, London.
Written and directed by German Kral (The Last Applause, Música Cubana), OUR LAST TANGO tells the life and love story of Argentina's most celebrated tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes. They met as teenagers and danced together for nearly fifty years, becoming international stars and making the Argentine tango famous around the world before a painful separation tore them apart. In German Krals documentary the virtuosos reunite to open up about their journey, recreating incredible tango-choreographies with the help of a group of young dancers from Buenos Aires including acclaimed dancer Pablo Verón (The Tango Lesson).
The story of Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, giants and a legendary partnership in tango, is a fascinating one, as dramatic as a backstage musical or conflicts behind the scenes of any performing arts production and perhaps even more so. Despite being a dancing novice, there is something about the sexiness and fiery passion of the tango that is incredibly compelling to watch.'Our Last Tango', documenting the duo and even the history of the tango, is one of those experiences where one learns a lot from it, cannot look away and really feels something watching. Some of it is bittersweet with the recollections but it is also very sincere and delightful. It is a little more in favour towards Nieves than Copes, but not in a way that's biased, his straying evidently caused a lot of hurt and understandably put a strain on the partnership but 'Our Last Tango' hardly paints him as a villain. Copes actually doesn't come over as that bad a guy and is quite candid.Nieves is very personable, illuminating and entertaining when speaking, she can be grand-dame-like in her interactions with the dancers and choreographers when talking about mainly her technique and her personal life but one finds that endearing. It is very difficult to not shed a tear or two (perhaps more) when she recalls how strained the relationship got between them, one can sense that the memories are still painfully raw to her. Juan Malizia and Ayelen Alvarez Mino are very engaging, and their recreations of the duo's famous routines that helped popularise the dance exhilarate just as much as the real deal.What we are told in 'Our Last Tango' is beautifully written and insightful, not just on the duo but the tango itself and its history. It was wonderful too to see archive footage of classic moments and routines that did Nieves and Copes justice in choreography and the way they danced it. The double gaucho on the tiny table tops is enough to take the breath away.It is filmed very lovingly (especially the choreographic sections), paced beautifully (making the less than 90 minutes fly by) and the music exudes the necessary passion.Altogether, a sheer delight. 9/10 Bethany Cox
"Our Last Tango" is a story of love between the two most famous dancers in tango's history. And the story of their tremendous love of tango. María Nieves Rego (81) and Juan Carlos Copes (84) met when they were 14 and 17, and they danced together for nearly fifty years. In all those years they loved and hated each other and went through several painful separations, but always got back together. Now, Juan and María are willing to open up about their love, their hatred, and their passion. In Our Last Tango Juan and María tell their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, who transform the most beautiful, moving and dramatic moments of Juan and Maria's lives into incredible tango-choreographies. These beautifully-shot choreographies compliment the soul-searching interviews and documentary moments of the film to make this an unforgettable journey into the heart of the tango.
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