Piazzolla Film Compilation

This Piazzolla film compilation is my attempt at gathering in one place all the known movies featuring Astor's music (either composed especially or included from his recordings). Also compiled here are movies where he either appeared or was associated with in some form. It is very likely that much of the music composed for the earlier movies has never been released on record, and certainly not on CD. One of the objectives of compiling this list is to maybe elicit an interest into the possibility of reserching the location of those original recordings with the goal of a future release.

Acknowledgment: We should all be deeply indebted to Ronald Melzer of Video Imagen Club in Montevideo, Uruguay, who painstakingly prepared the Piazzolla film catalog for all the early movies listed here. A noted expert on Argentinian movie history, he can be reached at VIC, Juan Benito Blanco 866, 11300 Montevideo, Uruguay; or by fax at (Intl. Code)-(598)-(2)-7073605. Gracias Ronnie!

Format Notes: Each movie is listed following the convention Movie Title (Director, Country, Year). When known, the title of the movie on different languages is also included (aka). The section Notes contains all pertinent information about Piazzolla's participation to the extent of my knowledge (from whatever source available, or from having seen the movie). A next to the entry simply means that new notes have been added or the entry has been recently revised. If you find omissions, errors, or would like to add information, please let me know by e-mail clicking here. Thanks!

César A. Luongo

Last Updated on December 21/2001

There is a complete list of Argentinean movies featuring Piazzolla's music in http://www.cinenacional.com/personas/index.html?id=9062

El Dia Que Me Quieras (John Reinhardt, USA, 1935)
(aka, The Day You Love Me)

Notes: This is one of Carlos Gardel's most famous movies (in the years when he kept Paramount afloat during the Great Depression by making 8 movies in 2 years for consumption in the Latin American market). Piazzolla, at that time a teenager living in New York, appears very briefly playing a newspaper boy (he is sideways, his face not even shown). In the next scene he is shown from the back walking down the street shouting "Diarios! Diarios!" (these scenes are at the very beginning of the movie). This film can only be watched through the glass of history, and bearing in mind Gardel's greatness to Tango, otherwise the movie is as bad as they come - although its script pre-empted Love Story by many decades :-)

Directed by John Reinhardt, starring Carlos Gardel, Rosita Moreno, Tito Lusiardo, Manuel Pelufo del Campo, Jose Luis Tortosa, Fernando Adelantado, Susanne Dullier, Celia Villa. Music by Carlos Gardel, lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera, musical director Terig Tucci. Produced by La Exito Producciones and Paramount, technical supervision by Samuel Piza, photography by William Miller.

El Hombre del Sabado (Torres Rios, Argentina, 1947)

Notes: Piazzolla did not write music for this film, but he has a cameo on the film. Romantic comedy starring Pedro Quartucci and Virginia Luque. Soundtrack composed by Daniel Lopez Barretto, played by the Astor Piazzolla Orchestra. The Piazzolla Orchestra appears on a scene at a ballroom playing a tango while two dancers (coreographed) are on the floor. In that scene Piazzolla is shown very briefly playing the bandoneon. The orchestra then plays a second tango in which Nora (Virginia Luque) sings while dancing with "el hombre del sabado" Antonio Perez (Quartucci).

Con Los Mismos Colores (Torres Rios, Argentina, 1949)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Bolidos de Acero (Torres Rios, Argentina, 1950)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

El Cielo en las Manos (E. De Thomas, Argentina, 1950)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Stella Maris (Carpena, Argentina, 1953)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Sucedio en Buenos Aires (Cahen Salaberry, Argentina, 1954)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla. Drama by Enrique Cahen Salaberry starring Olga Zubarry, Roberto Escalada, and The Great City (sic). Also starring Ubaldo Martinez, Pepita Muñoz, Nelly Panizza, Jorge Rivier, Benito Cibrian, Yuki Namba, Olga Gatti, Pascual Nacavatti, and Casimiro Krukowski. Also with the Ballet of Eber Lobat (shown dancing Argentinized Mambo and Paso Doble at the famous Tavaris). Screenplay by Sixto Pondal Rios and Carlos A. Olivari, photography by Ricardo Younis, editing by Gerardo Rinaldi and Antonio Ripoll, camera by Jose Pizzi, sound by Ramon Ator, make-up by Oscar Combi, and film developing at ALEX Laboratory.

Noteworthy of this film is the opening theme by Piazzolla (as the the camera pans Buenos Aires from above). The song is Nonino which is almost identical (give and take a few notes) to the main theme of Adios Nonino, which was actually composed and recorded a few years later. No doubt Piazzolla had the score of this movie in mind when he composed and arranged Nonino and his most famous piece, Adios Nonino. It is interesting to watch the genesis.

Marta Ferrari (Saraceni, Argentina, 1956)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla. Drama by Julio Saraceni starring Fanny Navarro, Santiago Gomez Cou, Ricardo Castro Rios, Duilio Marzio, Raul Rossi, Juan Carlos Barbieri, Jorge de la Riestra, Liria Marin, and Aida Luz. Screenplay by Carlos Corostiza, photography by Ricardo Younis, editing by Gerardo Rinaldi and Antonio Ripoll, filmed in Estudios Mapol, film developed by ALEX Laboratory. Some solo piano compositions (most likely by Piazzolla) played by Washington Moreno. It also contains the tangos Yira Yira, Pero Yo Se, and Naipe Marcado.

Los Tallos Amargos (Ayala, Argentina, 1956)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla. Drama/suspense by Fernando Ayala starring Carlos Cores, with Julia Sandoval, Vassili Larrinov, Gilda Lusek, Pablo Moret, Virginia Romay, Bernardo Perrone, Adolfo Linvel, Otto Webber, Carmen Gimenez, Alfonso Pisano, Jorge Villoldo, Jorge Hilton, and Aida Luz. Screenplay by Sergio Leonardo based on the novel "Los Tallos Amargos" by Adolfo Jasca. Production by Francisco Tarantini, Assistant Director Ruben Cavalotti. Photography by Ricardo Younis, camera by Pedro Marzialetti, edited by Gerardo Rinaldi and Antonio Ripoll. Sound by Alfredo Lopez and music recorded by Mario Fezia. Movie shot at Estudios Mapol, film processing by ALEX Laboratories.

The soundtrack contains some vintage Piazzolla (including a few notes from Nonino, same as in the movie above). However, most of the music goes well beyond of new tango, and it includes dream-like scenes with martial music and marches, jazz and bongo beats, and even Hungarian/Gypsy music. This is actually a pretty good movie.

Continente Blanco (B. Roland, Argentina, 1957)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Historia de una Carta (Porter, Argentina, 1957)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Violencia en la Ciudad (De Rosas, Argentina, 1957)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Una Viuda Dificil (Ayala, Argentina, 1957)

Notes: Comedy directed by Fernando Ayala, set in colonial Buenos Aires at the turn of the XVIII-to-XIX centuries, and starring Alba Arnova and Alfredo Alcon (very young here). Also starring Julian Perez Avila, Lucia Barause, Manuel Alcon, Marcela Sola, Enrique San Miguel, Carlos Barbetti, Jorge Hilton, Mario Ponce de Leon, and Bebra Jofre. Screenplay by Conrado Nalé Roxlo (based on his comedy-play). Photography by Francis Boeniger, period costumes and sets by German Gelpi and Mario Vanarelli, editing by Atilio Rinaldi and Ricardo Mistral, assistant director Esteban Etcheverrito. Sound by Alberto Lopez and Constante Colombo, assisted by Silvio Taverna and Juan Sclavo. Camera by Jose Garcia assisted by Benito Villarrubia. Make-up by Roberto Combi, hair styling by Teresa Miguel. Chief of production Angel Fornaro. Music by Astor Piazzolla and choreography by Vassili Lambrinos, with dancers Irma Villamil, Amalia Lozano, Angelica Marini, Rodolfo Rodriguez, Nestor Perez Fernandez, Raul Goya and Jose Neglia. Filmed in BAIRES Studios, film developed in ALEX Laboratories.

Piazzolla's score is obviously devoid of its characteristic urban/tango flavor as the movie is set 200 years ago. The score and the very elaborate choreography on a couple of scenes is Broadway-esque, with dancers surrounded by dozens of running/dancing extras, fire, flags, jumps, and movement. Quite barroque and interesting, Piazzolla's music follows the theme.

Dos Basuras (Land, Argentina, 1958)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

El Crack (Martinez Suarez, Argentina, 1959)

Notes: Drama directed by Jose A. Martinez Suarez starring Jorge Salcedo, Aida Luz, Marcos Zucker, Domingo Sapelli, Carlos Rivas, Enrique Kossi, Fernando Iglesias, Claudia Laforgue, Osvaldo Castro, and Jose Manuel Moreno. Produced by Carlos Alberto Parrilla, screenplay by Jose A. Martinez Suarez, C.A. Parrilla, and "Solly" (sic) based on the novel of the same name by Jose A. Gerino. Photography by Humberto Peruzzi, editing by Gerardo Rinaldi and Antonio Ripoll, cinematography by Federico Padilla, production assistant Alberto Tarantini, film developed at ALEX Laboratories.

The credits state that the music was selected and directed by Victor Schlichter based on compositions by himself and Astor Piazzolla. There are some songs in the movie (including a tango) that are obviously by Piazzolla, most of the soundtrack appears to have been composed by Schlichter. The bandoneon played in the tango and on a couple of other songs is very likely played by Piazzolla (although the credits do not specify).

I believe the legendary Argentinian football (soccer) radio personality Jose Maria Muñoz briefly appears both in image and in sound calling the play-by-play of a match. Also, later to be TV personality "Pipo" Mancera appears on the radio (he was probably still a radio personality at that time). The movie is not exactly a good one, but it is certainly interesting, it follows all the cliches of the story of a young football (soccer) rising star (el "crack"), including promises to lift her girlfriend out of poverty, get his mother out of hard work, and get his immigrant father the trip back to Spain that he so much desires. Yet instead of the 'happy ending' the movie is building up to, "el crack" ends up with a career-ending fracture. Interesting moral.

Las Furias (V. Lah, Argentina, 1960)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Sabado a la Noche, Cine (Ayala, Argentina, 1960)

Notes: Drama/Comedy directed by Fernando Ayala and starring Gilda Lousek, Luis Tasca, Aida Luz, Domingo Alzugaray, Odette Lara, Maria Luisa Robledo, Hector Rivera, Rodolfo Salerno, Chela Ruiz, Emilio Conte, Esmeralda Barraro, and Angel Cardenas (tango singer). Screenplay by Rodolfo Taboada, sets by Mario Vannarelli, director of photography Anibal Gonzalez Paz. Editing by Atilio Rinaldi, chief of production Angel Fornaro, assistant director Esteban Etcheverry, sound by Jose Feijoo, camera by Pedro Marzialetti, assistant producer Guillermo Smith. Filmed at Studios BAIRES, film developed at ALEX Laboratories. Produced by Fernando Ayala and Hector Olivera.

The music was composed by Astor Piazzolla (the music credits contain additional information too small to read). The soundtrack includes some vintage 'early quintet' pieces as well as a couple of tangos (traditional) played in bandoneon solo by Piazzolla.

The movie follows many story lines involving its many characters, love stories, sad stories, growing up stories, etc., all weaved together through the common rite of Argentinian society in the 50s and 60s of 'going to the movies' on Saturday night. The movie also pokes fun at some of the Holywood cliches at the time, the Western formula, the romantic formula, etc. Apparently this movie was not very successful commercially at the time.

5o Año Nacional (Blasco, Argentina, 1961)

Notes: Drama/Comedy directed by Rodolfo Blasco and starring Guillermo Bredeston, Santiago Gomez Cou, Barbara Mugica, Argentinita Velez, Javier Portales, Alberto Bello, Luis Calan, Nathan Pinzon, Oscar Casco, Pablo Moret, Gaston Marchetto, Alfonso De Grazia, Daniel Leonardi, Pedro Laxalt, Osvaldo Terranova, Delfy Miranda, Mirta Stupenengo, Leda Zanda, Jose Maurer, and Pablo Racioppi. Produced by Emilio Vieyra, assistant producer Carlos Cancello, screenplay by Abel Santa Cruz, photography by Alfredo Traverso, sound by Victor Bobadilla, editing by Jose Cardella, assistant director Jose Jakuboucez, camera Victor Caula, make-up Victor Anzil, film developed at ALEX Laboratories.

This movie was based on a TV series popular in Argentina at the time dealing with the adventures of high school seniors. The film was shot at Colegio San Jose, and was marked by tragedy. Soon after its completion the director Rodolfo Blasco and actors Luis Calan and Gaston Marcheto went to Ensenada for the movie debut at a film festival, and all three died in a car accident returning from the festival.

All music for this film was composed by Piazzola (sic), and interpreted by Piazzola (sic) and his quintet. This soundtrack has been issued on CD (on 'Vanguardistas del Tango' with O. Berlingeri - see discography).

Detras de la Mentira (Vieyra, Argentina, 1962)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Prisioneros de una Noche (Kohon, Argentina, 1962)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

La Fin del Mundo (Vieyra, Argentina, 1963)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Los Que Veran a Dios (Blasco, Argentina, 1963)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Paula Cautiva (Ayala, Argentina, 1963)

Notes: Drama directed by Fernando Ayala and produced by Hector Olivera. Starring Susana Freyre, Duilio Marzio, Orestes Caviglia, Crandall Diehl, Mercedes Sombra, Lola Palombo, Marta Murat, Lily Sinclair, Catalina Bazan, Oscar Caballero, Ricardo Florenbaum, Luis Corradi, Victor Martucci, Eduardo Nobili, Eugenia Ravinskaya, Maria Fonten, Elizabeth Verhoef, Mary McClellann, Charles Brown, Eric Brown, Fred Hoppe, Eric McClellann, plus special appearances by Lautaro Murua, Fernanda Mistral, and Leonardo Favio (a very young Favio). Screenplay by Beatriz Guido and Fernando Ayala based on the novel "La representacion" by Beatriz Guido. Photography by Alberto Etchebehere, escenography by Mario Vanarelli, editing by Atilio Rinaldi, camera by Victor Caula, sound by Jorge Castronuovo. Assistant producer: Guillermo Smith, assistant director: Maximo Berrondi, make-up by Blanca Olavego, filmed in Estudios Baires, film developed at ALEX Laboratories.

All music by Astor Piazzolla. Piazzolla composed and selected music for this soundtrack. The main theme is vintage Piazzolla, with very nive arrangements and composition. In addition to that, he composed some tangos and other situation music, as well as a wide selection of musical backgrounds (the movie is quite long, almost 2 hours, and it makes heavy use of the soundtrack). There is a lot of Jazz played is certain scenes (the movie is in Spanish and English with Spanish subtitles as it deals with the story of some 'gringos' visiting Argentina). Piazzolla selected some Jazz in the soundtrack, including a reference to Thelonius Monk. There is also "the Madison" (some type of 'twist' dance probably popular back then), a malambo, a carnavalito (played with traditional instruments and bandoneon, probably played by Piazzolla himself, so he even played a Bolivian Carnavalito in his career!). Piazzolla also has a cameo appearance playing "Decarisimo" in bandoneon solo as part of a scene in a cabaret in which the stellar couple (Freyre and Marzio) watch Piazzolla play in front of their table. Not exactly a good movie, but very interesting, some of the topics dealt with (the relationship between the "Third World", Argentina, and "The Empire", the United States) are timely even today.

Extra&ntildea Ternura (Tinayre, Argentina, 1964)

Notes: Drama/Mistery directed by Daniel Tinayre. With Egle Martin (as the "woman"), Jose Cibrian (as the "director"), Ernesto Bianco, Luis Tasca, Norberto Suarez, Hector Calcaño, Doris del Valle (as the "stripper"), Anibal Pardeiro, Rodolfo Onetto, and Rey Charol, with special appearances by Duilio Marzio and Diana Ingro. Screenplay by Eduardo Borras based on a book by Guy de Cars. Dialogues by Pico Estrada, photography by Antonio Merayo, escenography by Gori Muñoz, camera by Alberto Curchi, editing by Jorge Garate. Assistant director: Orlando Zumpano, assistant producer: Rodolfo Cabrera, executive producer: Juan Carlos Garate. Film developed at ALEX Laboratories.

Piazzolla composed and played the theme song "Graciela Oscura" with lyrics by Ulysses Petit de Murat, sung by Egle Martin (playing a cabaret singer) during the opening credits. All other songs (also sung by Egle Martin, including some very good "lounge jazz") have lyrics by Ulysses Petit de Murat and music by Lucio Milena. Soundtrack also by Lucio Milena , very imaginative, almost exclusively on electric guitar, including passages in which it could be Pat Metheny playing some 20 years later. The Piazzolla quintet theme song "Graciela Oscura" (which appears three times in the movie) was released in 1964 along with three other songs (not in the movie) as an Egle Martin/Astor Piazzolla single, but is has not been re-issued in CD.

Con Gusto a Rabia (Ayala, Argentina, 1965)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Che, Buenos Aires (Kohon and Birri, Argentina, 1966)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla, among others.

Las Locas del Conventillo (Ayala, Argentina, 1966)

Notes: Comedy of errors directed by Fernando Ayala and produced by Hector Olivera. Starring Analia Gade, Alberto de Mendoza, Vicente Parra, Conchita Velasco, Olinda Bozan, Pepita Muñoz, Rodolfo Crespi, Caligula, Mecha Ortiz, Irma Cordova, and Jorge Sobral. Screenplay by GIUS, photography by Alberto Etchebehere, scenography by Mario Vannarelli, sound by Juan Carlos Gutierrez. Film developed at ALEX Laboratory (at least a decade of monopoly by now).

Music composed by Piazzolla. The theme song interpreted by Piazzolla and quintet and sung by Jorge Sobral. The music for the theme song is almost certainly that of "El Titere" which was composed around that time to go with lyrics by Jorge Luis Borges and sung by Edmundo Rivero. The lyrics for this theme song however are different and the crdits list the author, but the lettering is too small and I cannot read it :-( . Sobral also has a role in the movie. The theme song, with slightly different lyrics opens the movie, appears again in a situation towards the end (Sobral singing in a party), and closes the movie. Otherwise, most of the music is reduced to a situation theme played, in different arrangements and instruments, throughout the movie. As far as I know, the theme song has not been released in LP or CD (maybe as a single back in 1966).

Las Pirañas (L. G. Berlanga, Argentina, 1967)
(aka, La Boutique)

Notes: Dark comedy directed by Luis Garcia Berlanga and starring Rodolfo Beban, Sonia Bruno, Osvaldo Miranda, Marilina Ross, Ana Maria Campoy, Juan Carlos Altavista, Lautaro Murua, Dario Vittori, Javier Portales, Juan Carlos Calabro, Paula Maciel, Doris del Valle, Alfonso Estela, Mario Savino, Emilio Losada, and Perla Caron. An Argentina-Spain co-production with screenplay by Rafael Azcona and Luis G. Berlanga, photography by Americo Hoss, sound by Mario Fezia and Jorge Castronuovo, camera by Anibal di Salvo and Jose Garcia, make-up by Maria Lassaga, hair styling by Uldarisa Carrasco, assistant to the assistant director: Horacio Guisado, assistant director: Ricardo Feliú. Costumes by Sebastian Canovas, editing by Jorge Garate, scenography by Gori Muñoz, chief of production: Jorge Velasco. Insurance by El Mundo-La Rosario Numancia, film developed at ALEX Laboratory.

Music composed by Piazzolla. Except for the music in the opening credits which is vintage Piazzolla (quintet), the rest of the soundtrack is very 'non-typical' and dominated by jazz with a very strong bossa nova flavor. Mostly drums/bass/flute/electric guitar, including a piece identical to 'the madison' that appeared in Paula Cautiva (see above). The movie is not very good, but typical of the type of comedy in vogue in the late 60s. It is interesting to watch Beban in a role which is unorthodox for him.

Breve Cielo (Kohon, Argentina, 1969)

Notes: Drama directed by David Jose Kohon and starring Alberto Fernandez de Rosa and Ana Maria Pichio. Screenplay by David Kohon. This movie won best screenplay (Kohon) and best actress (Pichio) awards at the 1969 Moscow International Film Festival. Also starring Betto Gianola, Zelmar Gueñol, Gloria Raines, Alexis Gueñol, Marta Moreno, Carlos Anton, Felipe Mendez. David Llewellyn, Remedios Climent, Cristina Banegas, Roberto Vilas, Luis Ayala, Olga Lyn, Walter Iglesia, Lili Verner, Lili Vicet, and the girl Viviana Vicet. Executive producer Carlos Alberto Kreimer, production director Alberto Parrilla, associate producer Abraham Auslander, assistant to the producer Alberto Taselli, assistant director Luis reni, assistants to the assistant director Anibal Miron and Patricio Coll MacLoughlin, director of photography Adelqui Camusso, camera Roberto Mataresie, assistant camera Aldo Lobotrico. Film by Gevaert and DuPont and processed at ALEX Laboratories :-) (you guessed it!)

Music by Piazzolla. The theme song is "Tango para una ciudad" (included in an LP of a few years before and available on CD). Other sitiation music by Piazzolla (although not much). Credits also include the song "Fontessa" by John Lewis and "Esquina Porteña" by Angel Vargas and the Angel D'Agostino Orchestra.

La Fiaca (Ayala, Argentina, 1969)

Notes: Comedy directed by Fernando Ayala and produced by Hector Olivera. Starring Norman Briski, Norma Aleandro, Jorge Rivera Lopez, Juan Carlos Gené, Eduardo Muñoz, Tino Pascali, Antonio Provitilo, Jorge Cano, Monica Grey, Aida Rubino, Salo Vassochi, Jorge Garcia Alonso, and special appearance by Lydia Lamaison. Screenplay by Fernando Ayala and Ricardo Talesnik based on a book by Ricardo Talesnik. Scenography by Oscar Lagomarsino, sound by Norberto Castronuovo, dubbing by Mario Fezia, chief of production Fernando Molina, director of photography Victor Hugo Caula, camera by Marcelo Pais, editing by Ricardo Rodriguez Nistal, assistant to the editing Oscar Pariso, stage manager Eva Cuesta, assistant director Jorge Mobaied, assistant to the assistant director Angel Barcelo, assistant producer Oscar Faustin, make up by Blanca Olavego, hairdresser Juan Murillo, financing by Madden y Grey. Filmed at Estudios Lumiton, film developed at ALEX Laboratories.

Music by Piazzolla. Other than the main theme played during the opening credits (quirky but vintage Piazzolla), there is not much music on the soundtrack. Mostly situation or background music (lots of flute and a heavy influence from Jobim), and some records played by the characters. This is a pretty good movie.

Tango Argentino (Feldman, Argentina, 1969)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla and others.

Pulsacion (Carlos Paez Vilaró, Uruguay, 1969)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla. An experimental film by Uruguayan painter Carlos Paez Vilaró. This music is available on CD.

Con Alma y Vida (Kohon, Argentina, 1970)

Notes: My original source dated this movie in 1970, yet the movie itself has a 1972 copyright, not clear which one is right. Drama directed by David Kohon and starring Maria Aurelia Bisutti, Norberto Aroldi, Alberto Mazzini, Jorge Anselmi, Francisco De Paula, Jose Maria Langlais, Beba Bidart, David Llewellyn, Roberto Airaldi, Nora Cullen, Roberto Escalada, Hector Ganze, Roberto Bordoni, Nene Morales, Juan Alighieri, Claudio Lucero, Luis Orbegoso, Hector Gance, Hector Tarrie, Leo Bonzy, and Jose Luis Gaines, plus a cast of thousands.... Screenplay by Norberto Aroldi, Carlos Malatesta, and David Kohon based on a book by Carlos Malatesta. Photography by Anibal Gonzalez Paz, assistant director Emilio Boretta assisted by Raul Rinaldi and Jorge Prieto, chief of production Luis Angel Bellaba, production by Juan Vicente San Roman assisted by Ricardo Cueva, producers for Centuria Cinematografica Alberto De Maio and Antonio De Maio (a lot of producers on this movie). Camera by Roberto Matarrese assisted by Hector Fernandez and Roberto Maeari. Editing Antonio Ripoll and Enrique Muzio assisyed by Daniel Chomnalez. Administration by Diego Mazzitelli, scenography by Tiky Garcia Estevez assisted by Lilliana Nicolussi, make up by Hector Onetto, hairdresser Juan Carlos Murillo, costumes by Lola Perez, cerpentry by Rosario Grillo. Eastman Color film developed at Laboratorio Technofilm S.A. - the monopoly was broken! :-)

Music by Piazzolla. This is interesting as a movie soundtrack by Piazzolla as it marks the first departure from the "quintet" period (and tango-flavored soundtracks) and a transition into the "Conjunto Electronico" period and a soundtrack that tries to be "hip" (this is the early seventies after all). The soundtrack also includes "Viste?" by La Barra de Chocolate (rock group) and two Julian Plaza tangos "Melancolico" and "Nostalgico" interpreted by Anibal Troilo and Orchestra (on a strip tease scene by Bisutti). This is an odd movie, it has all the look and feel of a Mexican movie and not an Argentinian film. From the situations (a lot of men shooting at each other, the portraying of the female characters), to the language (using non-Argentinian slang like "cabron" and others), I suspect that this movie was made for the Mexican market (some of the stars might have been popular at the time in Mexico, at that time Argentina was an exporter of soap operas). Much of the movie takes place in Punta del Este, Uruguay, and it is interesting to see how the place looked 25 years ago. Most of the interiors in Punta del Este are shot at Carlos Paez Vilaro's Casa Pueblo. Some of the songs from this soundtrack (Casa Pueblo, Flaco Aroldi, Con Alma y Vida, and Tres en Magoya) have been reissued on CD by RCA-Argentina on the CD "Concierto para Quinteto", or can be found on numerous reissues/selections.

Argentinisima (Ayala and Olivera, Argentina, 1972)

Notes: A documentary/musical review about Argentina, with a heavy slant towards folklore and the music of the provinces. Different groups/singers appear along with landscapes from the regions represented in song. Appearances by Atahualpa Yupanqui, Horacio Guarani, and Mercedes Sosa among many others. Piazzolla is the sole representative for Buenos Aires, he appears at the end with his Conjunto 9 playing Divertimento 9. Along with Piazzolla's music Nelida Lobato and group of dancers perform a choreography by Eber Lobato in a set decorated in vintage "70s" style (so are the clothes), very "modern" :-).

La Ñata Contra el Vidrio (Various, Argentina, 1972)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Il Pleut Sur Santiago (Helvio Soto, Bulgaria/France, 1975)
(aka Llueve sobre Santiago)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla. This soundtrack is available on CD.

Luna de Miel (Nadine Trintignant, France, 1975)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Lumiere (Jeanne Moreau, France, 1975)

Notes: Drama directed by Jeanne Moreau and starring Jeanne Moreau, Lucia Bose, Julienne Francine, Caroline Cartier, Keith Carradine, Francois Simon, Bruno Ganz, Rene Feret, Niels Arestrup, Francis Huster, Patrice Alexsandre, and Jacques Spiesser. Screenplay by Jeanne Moreau and Elisabeth Rappeneau, assistant directors: Jean Leon and Patrick Jaquillard. Sound by Harrik Maury, editing by Albert Jurgenson and Saoul Albert. Costumes by Christian Gasc, make-up by Ronaldo Abreaux, and hair styiling by Chantal Dupoix. Produced by Alain Pancrazi, assistant producres Mauricette Boisard, Claire Duval, and Huguette Gras. Media liason by Claude Davy, director of production Eric Geiger. Music by Astor Piazzolla, his soundtrack is widely available on CD.

El Canto Cuenta su Historia (Ayala and Olivera, Argentina, 1976)

Notes: Directed and produced by Fernando Ayala and Hector Olivera, with screenplay by Julio Marbiz (also the narrator), and musical coordination by Gustavo Beytelman. A documentary/musical review about Argentina, tracing the history of different forms of folk song and tango. There are two segments related to Piazzolla. The movie shows historic footage of the premiere of Piazzolla-Ferrer's Balada para un Loco sung by Amelita Baltar at the Buenos Aires Song Festival of 1970? (71?). The movie also includes the choral version of Adios Nonino by Buenos Aires 8.

Cadaveri Eccelenti (Francesco Rosi, Italy, 1976)

Notes: Piazzolla composed two songs for this film: Jeanne y Paul and El Penultimo, both available on CD.

Madame Claude (Just Jaeckin, France, 197?)

Notes: A French soft porn flick (a la Emanuelle) featuring Francoise Fabian, Murray Head, Dayle Haddon, Klaus Kinski, Robert Webber, Jean Gaven, Andre Falcon, Francois Perrot, Marc Michel, Roland Bertin, Ed Bishop, Karl Held, Vibeke Knudsen, Ylva Setterborg, and Marie Christine Deshayes. Screenplay by Andre Brunelin (basically a script involving Washington, Paris, spies, the "Lockheed affaire", the CIA, etc., etc., a complicated plot that gets in the way of the movie's "raison d'etre", to show all the actresses on different stages of undress, most of them Jane Birkin look-alikes, by the way, there is a Jane Birkin song in the movie too). Original music composed by Serge Gainsbourg, arranged and conducted by Jean Pierre Saba (lots of electric piano, guitar, and bass, very typical of the 70s). There is a Piazzolla song as background to Ylva Setterborg/Andre Falcon on a tango dance/erotic sex scene (credits do not specify the title or even acknowledge it, so if it is not by Piazzolla it is a very good imitation). This movie is really bad, I would hope that Piazzolla's producer sold the music to the movie without him knowing about it.

Servante et Maitresse (Director?, Country?, 1976)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Armaguedon (Alain Jessua, France/Italy, 1976)
(aka El Dia que La Tierra Temblo, aka Armageddon)

Notes: Starring Alain Delon. Music by Piazzolla. This soundtrack is available on CD.

Que es el Otoño? (Kohon, Argentina, 1977)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

El Infierno Tan Temido (De La Torre, Argentina, 1980)

Notes: Drama directed by Raul de la Torre and starring Graciela Borges and Alberto de Mendoza, with special appearances by Enrique Almada, Beba Bidart, and Cacho Espindola. Also starring Arturo Garcia Buhr, Lucrecia Capello, Ana Maria Castell, Delfi Galbiatti, Augusto Larreta, Anibal Morixe, Juan Peña, and Flora Steinberg. Based on a story by Uruguayan writer Juan Carlos Onetti adapted by Elina Goñi and Raul de la Torre, screenplay by Oscar Viale and Raul de la Torre. Sets and costumes by Graciela Galan, chief of production: Antonio Ottone, production director: Kiko Tanenbaum. Camera: Roberto Maccari, assistant director: Santiago Carlos Oves. Sound assistants: Daniel Fainzilber and Victor Melillo, sound director: Anibal Libenson, editor: Juan Carlos Macias, director of photography: Juan Carlos Desanzo.

A psychological thriller (of the fatal attraction type) depicting through a wretched romance the collision of two worlds and the destruction of one individual in the process. Music by Astor Piazzolla, this soundtrack is available on CD.

Somos? (Christensen, Argentina, 1982)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Volver (Lypszyc, Argentina, 1982)

Notes: Drama directed by David Lipszyc and starring Hector Alterio and Graciela Dufau. Also starring Rodolfo Ranni, Maria Rosa Gallo, Hugo Arana, Aldo Barbero, Hector Pellegrini, Aldo Braga, Isaac Haimovich, Augusto Krechmar, Viky Olivares, Boris Rubaja, Raul Serrano, Manuel Bello, Manuel Callau, Ricardo Diaz, Jorge Safatle, Norberto Pagani, Aldo Mayo, Kokey, and Maria Fournery. Screenplay by Aida Bortnik, screenplay consultant Ricardo Wulicher. Assistant director Felipe Lopez, camera by Daniel Karp, make-up by Cesar de Combi, sound by Jose Gramatico, editing by Danilo Galasse, sets and costumes by Iliana Schvartz and Cynthia Sasson. Photography by Miguel Rodriguez, chief of production Perla Lichestein, executive producer Kiko Tenenbaum.

The movie deals with the ever so difficult subject of Argentinians living abroad (the US in this case) and the dislocations of time, place, and culture of their return ("volver") to Buenos Aires. A topic that was already timely in the times of Gardel, was timely in the eighties, and is still timely today. Music by Astor Piazzolla. Some of the monologues by Hector Alterio over Piazzolla's score are phenomenal (true poetry) and worth a re-issue of the soundtrack.

Bella Donna (Peter Keglevic, Germany, 1983)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

Tango Ballet (Director?, Country? Year?)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

A Intrusa (Carlos Hugo Christensen, Brazil, 1982)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla. This soundtrack is available on CD.
Brazilian movie starring José de Abreu, Arlindo Barreto and Maria Zilda. Based on a story by Jorge Luis Borges, dialogues: Orígenes Lessa, assistant director: Francisco Marques, production director: Daniel Carvalho, dierctor of photography: Antonio Gonçalves, editing: Jayme Justo, Settings and Costumes: Ubirajara Raffo Constant
Music: Astor Piazzolla (Canção do Amanhecer: Piazzolla and Ubirajara Raffo Constant), Mário Barbará, Singers: Mário Barbará e Thelmo de Lima Freitas (these sung pieces are not included on the CD release of the soundtrack)
Make-up: Jesefina Oliveira, camera assistant: Rui Medeiros, visual programming: Fernando Pimenta, sound effects: Geraldo José, sound: Nel-Som, sound technician: Onélio Motta, film processing: Lider Cine Laboratório S.A. - Eastmancolor, produced and directed by: Carlos Hugo Christensen
Many thanks to Alexia Aguirre de Lima for making the most complete technical entry of this movie compilation :-)

Additional notes on "La Intrusa" by Alexia Aguirre de Lima: Edino Krieger, maestro e professor, sugeriu a Christensen que entregasse a música do filme a Astor Piazzolla. Este leu o roteiro, ouviu o diretor e aceitou. Passando pelo Rio de Janeiro, caminhava com Christensen pela Avenida Rio Branco quando, subitamente, perguntou: "Onde podemos arranjar um piano agora ? "É que o tema central acabara de brotar na sua cabeça. Entraram na Funarte (Fundação Nacional de Arte) e ali saiu a primeira música. Composta a trilha original, Piazzolla passou oito horas, sem intervalos, a gravá-la, em Buenos Aires, com o Quinteto. A censura proibiu "A Intrusa" em todo território da Argentina, o que provocou a ira de Piazzolla, que deu uma indignadíssima entrevista coletiva aos jornais de sua terra: "Se eu fosse Christensen, abandonaria a cidadania argentina. Quem são os censores para proibir uma obra de arte ? Por que não proíbem os 90% de programas medíocres que vemos em nossa televisão ?" Assim que foi liberado na Argentina, o filme estreou batendo recordes de bilheteria: 22.198 espectadores no primeiro dia, em apenas dois cinemas, o Trocadero e o Capital. A produção do filme custou US$ 500 mil.

Cuarteles de Invierno (Murua, Argentina, 1984)

Notes: Drama directed by Lautaro Murua and starring Oscar Ferrigno, Eduardo Pavlovsky, Ulises Dumont, Arturo Maly, Enrique Almada, Adriana Ferrer, Patricio Contreras, Luis Luque, and Gogo Andrea. Based on a book by Osvaldo Soriano, screenplay by Pablo Murua Torney and Lautaro Murua. Editing by Sergio Zottola, photography by Anibal Gonzalez Paz, associate producer Totalfilms S.A., producer Guillermo Smith. Film developed at Laboratorios ALEX.

Music by Astor Piazzola (sic), interpreted by Piazzolla and his quintet. The soundtrack consists of a single theme (opening credits and one scene) plus one incidental piece. Not available on CD (too short a soundtrack to make a record with it).

Tangos: El Exilio de Gardel (Fernando Solanas, Argentina/France, 1984)
(aka Tangos: L'Exile de Gardel, Tangos: The Exile of Gardel)

Notes: Tanguedia (Tango tragedy) by Fernando Solanas and starring Marie Laforet, Philippe Leotard, Miguel Angel Sola, Marina Vlady, Georges Wilson, Lautaro Murua, Ana Maria Picchio, and Gabriela Toscano. Produced by Envar El Kadri and Fernando Solanas, executive producer: Sabina Siegler. Camera by Aldo Lobotrico, editing by Cesar D'Angiolillo and Felix Monte, sound by Adrian nataf, mixing by Paul Bertault. Choreography by S. Tambutti, M. Balli, and R. Thomas, paintings by Hermenegildo Sabat.
A high point in Argentinian movie making, the film won prizes at the film festivals in Venice, Biarritz, Habana, Troia (Portugal), and Huelva. The soundtrack won the 1985 Cesar (French Oscar-equivalent).
Music by Astor Piazzolla (instrumental pieces), songs by Jose Luis Castiñeira de Dios (music) and Fernando Solanas (lyrics). This soundtrack is available on CD.

Henry IV (Marco Bellocchio, Italy, 1984)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla. A film adaptation of Pirandello's Henry IV, with Marcello Mastroianni and Claudia Cardinale. This soundtrack is available on CD (Oblivion is the theme song of the movie).

Raw Deal (John Irvin, USA, 1986)

Notes: Produced by Martha Schumacher and Martha de Laurentis. Starring Arnold Schwarzeneger, Blanche Baker, Robert Davi, Kathryn Harrold, Steven Hill, Ed Lauter, Joe Regalbuto, Paul Shenar, and Darren McGavin. The Interent Movie Guide lists Piazzolla among the music credits, however, it simply contains as background Grace Jones' "I've seen that face before" a disco version of Piazzolla's Libertango with lyrics (this song is available on CD).

Frantic (Roman Polanski, France/USA, 1988)

Notes: Drama/Suspense/Action directed by Roman Polanski and starring Harrison Ford, Emmanuelle Seigner, Betty Buckley, and John Mahoney. Written by Roman Polanski and Gerard Brach. Produced by Thom Mount and Tim Hampton.

Music by Ennio Morricone. It contains Grace Jones' "I've seen that face before" a disco version of Piazzolla's Libertango with lyrics (this song is available on CD).

Sur (Solanas, Argentina, 1988)

Notes: Drama directed by Fernando Solanas and starring Susu Pecoraro, Miguel Angel Sola, Philippe Leotard, Lito Cruz, Roberto Goyeneche, Gabriela Toscano, Mario Lozano, Fito Paez, Antonio Ameijeiras, Ines Molina, Nini Gambiat, Chany Mallo, Susana Mayo, Nestor Marconi, and Ulises Dumont. Screenpaly by Fernando Solanas, Producers Envar el Kadri, Pierre Novat and Fernando Solanas, Executive Producer Sabina Sigler. Photography by Felix Monti, camera by Aldo Lobotrico and Jose Trella. Sets by Fernando Solanas, sound by Anibal Libenson, editing by Juan Carlos Macias and Pablo Mari. Assistant director Horacio Guisado. Tangos by Anibal Troilo sung by Roberto Goyeneche. Original music composed by Astor Piazzolla. Arrangements and bandoneon by Nestor Marconi. This soundtrack is widely available on CD.

El Viaje (Fernando Solanas, Argentina, 1992)

Notes:Film directed and written by Fernando Solanas and starring Walter Quiroz, Franklin Caicedo, Carlos Carella, Fito Paez, Ricardo Bartis, Angela Correa, Chiquinho Brandao, Kiko Mendive, Justo Martinez, Juana Hidalgo, Fernando Siro, Eduardo Rojo, Atilio Veronelli, Marc Berman, Nathan Pinzon, Soledad Alfaro, Cristina Becerra, and Dominique Sanda. Horacio Guisado, assistant director, Anibal Libenson, sound, editing by Alberto Borello and Jacqueline Meppiel, photography by Felix Monti and camera by Roberto Mateo. Producer in Brazil: Asuncao Hernandez, producer in Mexico: Luis Figueroa, producer in Peru: Jorge Vigneti, producer: Envar El Kadri.
Piazzolla composed a couple of songs for the movie, played by Nestor Marconi. Other music composed by Solanas and Egberto Gismonti. This soundtrack is available on CD.

All Ladies Do It (Brass, Italy, 1992)

Notes: Porno movie directed by Tinto Brass filmed in Rome's Cine Cita and in Venice. Starring Claudia Koll, Paolo Lanza, Ornella Marcucci, Isabella Deiana, Renzo Rinaldi, Jean Rene Lemoine, Marco Marciani, Maurizio Martinolli, Lucio Luchesino, Pierangela Vallerino, and Franco Branciaroli. Story by Tinto Brass, screenplay by Tinto Brass, Bernardino Zapponi, and Francesco Costa. Set designer: Paolo Biagotti, art director: Bruno Cesari, costume design: Jost Jakob, photography: Silvano Ippolitti and Massimo Di Venanzo, editing: Tinto Brass, administration: Mario Sanpaolo, production manager: Vittorio Fornasiero, production organizer: Stefano Rolla. Produced by Giovanni Bertolucci (San Francisco Film) and Achille Manzotti (Faso Film). Music by Pino Donaggio conducted by Natale Massara. Among the stock music used is Astor Piazzolla's "Gooal! (Golazo)" from the record Chador (Piazzolla78) recorded in Milano in 1977.

Citizen Langlois (Edgardo Cozarinsky, France, 1994)

Notes: Music by Kronos Quartet and by Piazzolla. This is a documentary film about the founder of Cinematheque Francaise.

Unter der Milchstrasse (M.X. Oberg, Germany, 1995)
(aka Under the Milky Way)

Notes: Music by Piazzolla.

12 Monkeys (Terry Gilliam, USA, 1995)

Notes: Music by Paul Buckmaster, theme song is an adaptation of Piazzolla's Suite Punta del Este. This soundtrack is available on CD (the original Suite... is also available).

Blue in the Face (Wayne Wang and Paul Auster,USA, 1995)

Notes: Music selected by David Byrne, it contains one Piazzolla song, Tango Apasionado, as background to the scene in which an inveterate smoker (Jim Jarmusch) is quitting for good and is having his last cigarette in the company of the smoke shop owner (Harvey Keitel) that sold him his first cigarette.

Happy Together (Wong Kar-Wai, Hong-Kong, 1997)

Notes: Block 2 Pictures Inc. in association with Prenom H Co.ltd.. Seowoo Film Co.ltd.presents A Jet Tone Production. Executive producer: Chan Ye-Cheng. Producer: Wong Kar-wai. Associate producers: Hiroko Shinohara, T.J.Chung, Christophe Tseng Ching-Chao. Written and directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Production supervisor: Jacky Pang Yee-Wah. Director of photography: Christopher Doyle. Production designer: William Chang Suk-Ping. Editors: William Chang Suk-Ping, Wong Ming-Lam. Music: Danny Chung. Audio montage: Centro Digital Pictures Ltd.. Cast: Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Chang Chen.

It is the story about the gay couple that escape from Hong-Kong to Buenos Aires. It gained "Best Director Cannes 1997". The soundtrack album (Block 2 Pictures ROD-5150,Hong-Kong,1997) contains 3 Astor Piazzolla songs ("Prologue(Tango Apasionado)", Milonga For Three", "Finale(Tango Apasionado)") all taken from the American Clave Album "The Rough Dancer And The Cyclical Night". The soundtrack album also includes "Cucurrucucu Paloma" by Caetano Veloso, "Chunga's Revenge" by Frank Zappa, etc. (notes by Mitsumasa Saito)

The Tango Lesson (Sally Potter, UK, 1997)

Notes: Romance starring Sally Potter and Pablo Veron. A fictionalized tale by director Sally Potter chronicling her real-life affair with Argentinian tango dancer/actor Pablo Veron. Situation music for the film by Bloch-Frith-Potter, extensive use of traditional tango for the dance scenes including Troilo, Gardel, D'Arienzo, etc.. Contains Piazzolla's Zum in version by Osvaldo Pugliese and Libertango in the original Piazzolla version. It also contains Libertango in the version recorded by Yo Yo Ma for his CD on Piazzolla but for the soundtrack it has overdubs by Fred Frith not included in the Yo Yo Ma record. This soundtrack is available on CD.

Piazzolla Documentaries and Videos

This section compiles documentaries about Piazzolla or videos that include his music, concerts, or interviews.

Quereme Asi (Piantao) (Alvarez, Argentina, 1997)

Notes: Docu-drama directed by Eliseo Alvarez, produced by Veronica Cura, camera by Daniel Sotelo, and starring (among others) Hugo Arana, Jose Luis Alfonso, and Inda Ledesma. It contains re-enactments (with actors) of key moments in Piazzolla's life, interviews with Astor, family, friends and fellow musicians, clips from concerts, etc. . It also features some of Piazzolla's compositions played in bandoneon solo in cities that were important in Piazzolla's life (curiously Buenos Aires is ommitted): "Lo que vendra" in Mar del Plata by Nestor Marconi, "Pedro y Pedro" in New York by Leopoldo Federico, "Verano Porteño" in Punta del Este by Nestor Marconi, "Triunfal" in Paris by Daniel Binelli, "Chiquilin de bachin" in Rio de Janeiro by Raul Garello, "Balada para un loco" in Rome by Rodolfo Mederos, and "Libertango" in Rome by Rodolfo Mederos.

El Tango es una Historia (Rios, Mexico, 1994)

Notes: A documentary directed by Humberto Rios for UNAM Filmoteca (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico). In Spanish with English subtitles. It contains a history of Argentina in the XX Century weaved with the history of Tango. Interspersed with these are interviews with Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese during a visit to Mexico City, and video clips from a Tango Festival held in Mexico on December 16, 1981. The clips show Piazzolla and his quintet (Piazzolla, Suarez Paz, Ziegler, Lopez Ruiz, and Console during the first phase of this 'second' quintet that would be Piazzolla's venue for most of the 80s). Also shown here are Osvaldo Pugliese and his orchestra, and Susana Rinaldi. This video can be obtained from Discos Pentagrama, Saltillo 90 Col. Condesa, C.P. 06140, Mexico D.F. (e-mail: mdecea@infosel.net.mx, web:http://www.pentagrama.com.mx/).

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