Sunday 29 December 2013

Carlos Garde: Por una cabeza

Al Pacino won an Oscar for his portrayal of Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, an irascible, blind, retired Army officer who has decided to end it all after one big night on the town. With the assistance of Charlie Simms (Chris O'Donnell), a weekend "babysitter", Slade has a poignant moment in a hotel restaurant when he asks a young lady, Donna (Gabrielle Anwar), to dance a tango with him. Every eye in the room is on the two of them and quite rightly so. Slade and Donna make for a nice couple and certainly, on an amateur level, do the tango justice.

This scene was filmed at the Pierre Hotel, Fifth Avenue & 61st Street, Manhattan, New York. The tango is performed by the "The Tango Project", consisting of William Schimmel (accordion), Michael Sahl (piano) and Stan Kurtis (violin), who actually appear in the dancing scene starring Al Pacino (the recording used is available on one of their CD albums).

This 1935 song has remained popular throughout the years and has been a favourite in film.

Tango scenes with "Por una Cabeza" appear in Delicatessen (1991), Scent of a Woman (1992), Schindler's List (1993) - where it plays well to the subtext of the film's protagonist's "addiction" to women, True Lies (1994), Titanic (1996), Bad Santa (Uncut Version, 2003), All the King's Men (2006), Planet 51 (2009), episode 37 of Nip/Tuck (2003–2010), episode 9 of South Korean drama series Sweet Spy (2005–08), the beginning and ending credits of the South Korean drama broadcast I'm Sorry, I Love You (2004), and the CSI: NY episode "Down the Rabbit Hole" (2007). (Wikipedia)


Published on Jun 16, 2011 by movieclips

Wikipedia: Por una Cabeza
"Por una Cabeza" is an tango song with music and lyrics written in 1935 by Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Pera respectively. ... Le Pera and Gardel died in an airplane crash in Medellín, (Colombia), on June 24, 1935.

Wikipedia: Scent of a Woman (1992 film)
cent of a Woman is a 1992 American drama directed and produced by Martin Brest that tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible, blind, medically retired Army officer. The film stars Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Gabrielle Anwar. It is a remake of Dino Risi's 1974 Italian film Profumo di donna.

Published on Apr 29, 2012 by Ashraf Medhat
YouTube: The Tango Project - Por Una Cabeza (Scent Of A Woman)
Music from the film; no dialogue.


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