Monday 23 December 2013

Gotan Project: Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre)

While this 2004 film wasn't great, it did offer a few interesting tidbits about life, love, and dancing. John Clark (Richard Gere), a lawyer, is missing something in his life and signs up for ballroom dance lessons. He does so in secret and eventually his wife (Susan Sarandon) hires a detective to find out what's going on. Instead of falling in love with his dance teacher (Jennifer Lopez), John has fallen in love with dancing. I'm not sure it is ever adequately explained why he felt he had to hide this from his wife, but a little tension in the plot makes for a good build-up.

In the following scene, Jennifer Lopez shows Richard Gere the tango. Hot, hot, hot and wouldn't anybody think the dance would end with a kiss?

Hay milonga de amor
hay temblor de gotán
este tango es para vos
Hay milonga de amor
hay temblor de gotán
Hay milonga de amor
Este tango es para vos
Hay milonga de amor
hay temblor de gotán
este tango es para vos

If I may, I would recommend having a look at my blog "Marriage: Having our lives witnessed" for the movie's take on why we fall in love and pair up.


Uploaded on Aug 16, 2010 by Aboutmyjourney

"Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre)" from the 2001 album La Revancha del Tango by Gotan Project

Wikipedia: La Revancha del Tango
La Revancha del Tango is the debut album of Gotan Project, released in 2001. In October 2010 the album was certified Gold by the BPI for sales of 100,000+ in the UK.

Wikipedia: Gotan Project
Gotan Project is a musical group based in Paris, consisting of musicians Eduardo Makaroff (Argentine), Philippe Cohen Solal (French) and Christoph H. Müller (Swiss, former member of Touch El Arab).

Rotten Tomatoes: Shall We Dance: 46%
The cast is warmly appealing, but with the loss of cultural context and addition of big-name celebrities, this American version loses the nuances of the original.

Wikipedia: Shall We Dance? (2004 film)
Shall We Dance? is a 2004 American film that is a remake of the award-winning 1996 Japanese film of the same title, written and directed by Masayuki Suo.

my blog: Marriage: Having our lives witnessed - Dec 3/2010
I now arrive at the point of all this. There is a scene in the movie where Susan Sarandon meets the private detective in a bar who investigates her husband.

Beverley: All these promises that we make and we break. Why is it, do you think, that people get married?

Detective: Passion.

Beverley: No.

Detective: Interesting because I would have taken you for a romantic. Why then?

Beverley: Because we need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet. I mean what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything: the good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things. All of it, all the time, everyday. You're saying your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go unwitnessed because I will be your witness.

Uploaded on Aug 22, 2007 by hudash86
YouTube: Gotan Project - Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre)
Fabulous sound

Uploaded on Jan 23, 2009 by Cesar Vulcano
Gotan Project Live - Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre) DVD
Gotan Project Live - Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre) La revancha del tango LIVE DVD


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