Spanish director Carlos Saura celebrates the vigorous, intensely passionate music of his
homeland in FLAMENCO. The pounding heels and raspy vocals may not be music to your ears.
Nor are there any sub-titled explanations of the various dances and songs, each of which
reflect the diverse styles and cultural influences of the flamenco.
Still with the brilliant cinematographer Vittorio Storaro making a substantial artistic
contribution Saura demonstrates once more his amazing ability to transform dance into high
drama on film. Using just lighting tricks to suggest the passing of time Saura stages what
looks like an all-night flamenco marathon on the bare floors of an improvised sound stage.
The 300 performers, ranging from superbly graceful women in vintage white lace dresses to
veteran male singers with leathery, world-weary faces, are almost all electrifying. But the
show stopper is the incredibly sensuous farruca dance of the bare-chested Joaquin Cortes
who will have audiences swooning in the aisles.
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