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Folk dancing of 'Argentina' on lively display in documentary

Folk dancing of 'Argentina' on lively display in documentary

The performance films of Spanish director Carlos Saura — which include “Carmen,” “Tango,” “Flamenco,” its aptly named sequel “Flamenco, Flamenco” and now “Argentina” — are some of musical cinema’s most sacred and sensual offerings. Like invitations to a private arena of color, song and dance, they leave cultural context to more explicitly educational music-based movies, and focus instead on the pure vibrancy of the artists on-screen, combined with the rich studio-bound atmosphere Saura creates for them. Somewhere between concert and documentary, their capacity to enchant is entirely their own.

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