Flamenco
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This beautifully photographed documentary is Spanish-filmmaker Carlos Saura's tribute to the beauty and diversity of Spain's national dance. Using only the minimalist setting of an abandoned Seville train station and the costumes of more than 300 performers, this is a veritable feast of exciting flamenco dances, songs, and guitar playing. Some of the better known artists include Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlucar, and Lole Manuel. The film features little dialogue, relying instead on visual pageantry, music and costumes. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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"This 1995 catalog of performances by various artists may represent the historical development of a rich and enthralling art form, but it's presented in such a clinical way it might as well be a list on a chalkboard."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Saura's film is both an exciting document of a thriving Spanish art form and a boring documentary."
‑ Susan Sharpe, Time Out
"It is rare to come across a director's vision that is strong and pure in equal measure."
‑ Michael Thomson, BBC.com
"Experimental, colorful, vaguely interesting. And rather dull."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"Flamenco is also Saura's purest effort at capturing dance on film, a triumph from first frame to last."
‑ Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Examiner
"A superb, impassioned concert film."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The dead spots in the film outnumber the highlights, and a sameness sets in too soon and for too long."
‑ Octavio Roca, San Francisco Chronicle
"The performances are simply astounding: Even a novice will feel the sheer virtuosity and passion."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's simple but it is so in a way only great films can be -- simply great."
‑ José Arroyo, Sight and Sound
"Music and dance may be universal, but lyrics aren't, and without subtitles we are unable to engage intellectually and emotionally with the performers."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"An irresistible treat for connoisseurs and the uninitiated alike, pic will be a bracing surprise for anyone who has forgotten how exciting music, dance and voice can be."
‑ Deborah Young, Variety
"The swirling together of music, dance, color and light, along with the feeling that these serious revels are driven by ancient, impenetrable mysteries, cannot help but stir the blood."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"One for serious flamenco fans only."
‑ , Total Film
"Though stunningly shot, scored and directed, the almost wordless Flamenco pales as one musical number simply follows another."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
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