Flamenco (2014)

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

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Rated: G
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Release Date: September 19, 2014
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

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.

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Susan Sharpe
Time Out

Saura's film is both an exciting document of a thriving Spanish art form and a boring documentary.

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Joe Bendel
Epoch Times

One of the best filmmakers in the world when it comes to capturing dance on film, Saura has an intuitive sense of how to best use the inherent tension of flamenco percussion.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A superb, impassioned concert film.

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Octavio Roca
San Francisco Chronicle

The dead spots in the film outnumber the highlights, and a sameness sets in too soon and for too long.

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Glenn Lovell

A new film by Spain's Carlos Saura is always an event. One shot by the legendary Vittorio Storaro is doubly so ... a blindingly beautiful blend of concert, Goya tableaux and Brechtian stagecraft.

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Deborah Young

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine

It's as if Carlos Saura were calling the bluff of spectacle-oriented narrative cinema that necessitates excusing its excesses with characters and plotting.

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John Ballantine
Maybe if I actually could dance the Flamenco, I would be able to appreciate it more. Dull to a non dancer.