The Tango Lesson


1h 42m 1997

Brief Synopsis

A film director, Sally, is agonizing over the visuals to a film called "Rage," a $20 million epic on beauty and the glamorization of death. Between writing jags, she attends a tango concert and later approaches the Argentinian star Pablo about taking tango lessons. When maintenance on her apartment

Film Details

Also Known As
Tango Lesson
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Arts Council of England; Cobo Fund; Eurimages; Imagica; Mfg Baden-Württemberg; Pandora Films; Peerless Camera Company; Sales Company; Sales Company
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Belge Film; Concorde Filmverleih Gmbh; Cts; Edko Films; Filmcoopi Zurich Ag; Id Distribution; Pandora Film Produktion; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Triangelfilm; United International Pictures
Location
Paris, France; Buenos Aires, Argentina; London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Synopsis

A film director, Sally, is agonizing over the visuals to a film called "Rage," a $20 million epic on beauty and the glamorization of death. Between writing jags, she attends a tango concert and later approaches the Argentinian star Pablo about taking tango lessons. When maintenance on her apartment forces her to leave, she travels to Argentina were her tango lessons continue. A romance begins between Sally and Pablo as he teaches her the dance and she grooms him for a film role. After a failed trip to Los Angeles where "Rage" is killed off, Sally accepts Pablo's invitation to dance onstage with him after he splits from his regular partner. Sally's tendency to lead causes problems on the dance floor and in their blossoming romance before their eventual reconciliation.

Crew

Cristal Bachet

Guitars/Violins ("Ondes Martenot")

Simona Benzakein

Co-Producer (France)

Philippe Besnier

Production Manager (Paris/France)

Jerome Borenstein

Assistant Director (Paris/France)

Rodrigo Carvajal

Assistant Director (Argentina)

Denise Cassotti

Location Manager (Paris/France)

Patrick Cauderlier

Stunt Supervisor (Paris/France)

Ivan Chandler

Music Supervisor

Marie-laure Compain

Production Coordinator (Paris/France)

Carlos Conti

Production Designer

Carlos Copello

Additional Choreography (Buenos Aires/Argentina)

Nicolas Cubria

Assistant Director (Argentina)

Tom Cundom

Special Effects Supervisor (Argentina)

Juan D'arienzo

Song Performer ("Rawson" "Pensalo Bien" "El Flete" "Amor Y Celos" "Milonga De Mis Amores")

Hugo Diaz

Song Performer ("Milonga Triste" "I Am You")

Carlos Disarli

Song

Carlos Disarli

Song Performer ("Bahia Blanca")

Walter Donohue

Story Editor

Penny Eyles

Script Supervisor

Barbara Factorovich

Production Coordinator (Buenos Aires/Argentina)

Ricardo Fassan

Hairdresser (Buenos Aires/Argentina)

Florence Forney

Production Coordinator (Paris/France)

Diana Frey

Production Manager (Buenos Aires/Argentina)

Fred Frith

Guitars/Violins ("Ondes Martenot"), Music

Carlos Gardel

Song Performer ("Mi Buenos Aires Querido" "Lepera")

Carlos Gardel

Song

Diane Gelon

Associate Producer

Carlos Gil

Assistant Director (Buenos Aires/Argentina)

Christian Gruau

Hairdresser (Paris/France)

Prudence Hardington

Paris Models Casting Director (Paris/France)

Gerard Hardy

Sound

Alberto Hasse

Location Manager (Bueno Aires/Argentina)

Christian Keller Sarmiento

Co-Producer (Argentina)

Phil Kelsall

Song ("La Cumparsita")

Peter Swords King

Wig Supplier

Oscar Kramer

Line Producer (Buenos Aires/Argentina)

Oscar Kramer

Co-Producer (Argentina)

Irene Lamb

Casting Director

Franck Lebon

Recording Engineer

Jean-pierre Lelong

Foley Artist

Chantal Leothier

Makeup Supervisor

Yo-yo Ma

Song Performer ("I Am You")

Adriana Maestri

Sculptor (Buenos Aires/Argentina)

Steve Masters

Titles (Ranch Associates)

Paul Minter

Costume Designer

Gilles Missir

Adr Mixer

Frédérique Moidon

Casting Director (Paris/France)

Roanne Moore

Production Coordinator

Gustavo Mosquera

Steadicam Operator (Buenos Aires/Argentina)

Jean-paul Mugel

Sound

Robby Muller

Director Of Photography

Gustavo Naveira

Additional Choreography (Buenos Aires/Argentina)

Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen

Makeup Supervisor

Mel Nortcliffe

Assistant Director (London)

Robin O'donoghue

Re-Recording Mixer

Graciela Oderigo

Art Director (Buenos Aires/Argentina)

Astor Piazzolla

Song Performer ("Libertango")

Astor Piazzolla

Song ("Zum"), Song

Sally Potter

Screenwriter

Sally Potter

Music; Vocals ("Ondes Martenot")

Sally Potter

Song Performer ("I Am You")

Osvaldo Pugliese

Song Performer ("La Yumba"), Song Performer ("Zum")

Osvaldo Pugliese

Song

Corinne Raffi

Adr Editor

Patrice Raffi

Adr Editor

Elie Robert-nicoud

Script Translation

Matos Rodriguez

Song ("La Cumparsita")

Waldo Roeg

Assistant Director

Fabian Salas

Additional Choreography (Buenos Aires/Argentina)

Herve Schneid

Editor

Oona Seiler

Assistant Director (France)

Christopher Sheppard

Producer

Mariana Sourrouille

On-Set Dresser

Christian Talenton

Special Effects Supervisor (Paris/France)

Jacques Thomas-gerard

Foley Mixer

Anibal Troilo

Song Performer ("Quejas De Bandoneon")

Pablo Veron

Choreography (Buenos Aires/Argentina)

Eric Vibart-loeb

Location Manager (Paris/France)

Cat Villiers

Associate Producer

Michael Weldon

Wardrobe Supervisor

Jorg Widmer

Steadicam Operator (Paris/France)

Film Details

Also Known As
Tango Lesson
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Arts Council of England; Cobo Fund; Eurimages; Imagica; Mfg Baden-Württemberg; Pandora Films; Peerless Camera Company; Sales Company; Sales Company
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Belge Film; Concorde Filmverleih Gmbh; Cts; Edko Films; Filmcoopi Zurich Ag; Id Distribution; Pandora Film Produktion; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Triangelfilm; United International Pictures
Location
Paris, France; Buenos Aires, Argentina; London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Expanded Release in United States December 25, 1997

Released in United States on Video June 9, 1998

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States October 1997

Released in United States November 1997

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Mezzanotte) August 27 - September 6, 1997.

Shown at Dinard British Film Festival in France (out of competition) October 2-5, 1997.

Shown at Birmingham International Film & Television Festival in the United Kingdom November 19-30, 1997.

Film is based on Sally Potter's real life experiences.

About one week of additional photography took place in Paris late June 1996.

Broadcast in USA over Sundance Channel as part of program "She Said Cinema" May 1-31, 1999.

Began shooting March 4, 1996.

Completed shooting late May 1996.

Released in United States Fall November 14, 1997 (NY)

Expanded Release in United States December 25, 1997

Released in United States on Video June 9, 1998

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Mezzanotte) August 27 - September 6, 1997.)

Released in United States October 1997 (Shown at Dinard British Film Festival in France (out of competition) October 2-5, 1997.)

Released in United States November 1997 (Shown at Birmingham International Film & Television Festival in the United Kingdom November 19-30, 1997.)

Released in United States Fall November 14, 1997