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Strictly Tango – Film24 – 07.01.10

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Well, I watched Strictly Tango last night on TV.  The blurb mentioned that it was a film taking one back to the home of Tango, Buenos Aires.  Hmmm!  I thought for sure that meant that there would be film footage of people dancing in Buenos Aires.  But no, it was about a few people who were doing Ballroom, mainly in London.  I do not really feel  that the film title reflected the content, which I now think is rather misleading.  When they eventually did get to the Argentine Tango bit, I thought for sure that they would be chatting with people who helped to start the Tango movement in London.  It wasn’t so.  I was quite disappointed frankly.

If the title was Strictly Dancing, that would have made more sense as the film was essentially about a few people who dance various styles and what dancing means to them.  There were interviews with a few well-known ballroom dancers that have been on Strictly Come Dancing, a woman who makes amazing ballroom dresses, a professional woman learning to dance ballroom, a man who has done many styles of dance, and a couple of well-known AT teachers and an AT organiser.  Unfortunately, the Argentine Tango bit of the film was quite minimal compared to the Ballroom bit.

This is why I was annoyed about the film title.  I watched for nearly an hour wondering when they would get to the Argentine Tango bit and when they finally got to it, there was no footage of people dancing in Buenos Aires and very little of people dancing it in London.

Has anyone else seen this program, and what did you think about it?

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