This is the true story of Carlos Gardel's meteoric rise to fame promoting the low-brow Tango, which gained popularity through his efforts, a French immigrant grown up in Buenos Aires around the turn of the 20th Century, son of an unwed French ironing woman, Bertha. Carlos works in a street corner vegetable shop and dreams about singing, making records like Opera Star Enrico Caruso, starring in Hollywood talkies and singing with the Big Bands. A ladies man, he hungers for RAZZANO's girlfriend, MALENA. RAZZANO is an established lounge singer in Buenos Aires and MALENA is "Madame Jeanne" at the neighborhood brothel, where the tango is danced among women waiting for customers. Carlos, a brothel patron, loves to wager on card games and the racetrack and borrows money from everyone he meets. He promises to buy his mother Bertha a house in Argentina and take her back to France to visit her family when he is rich and famous. Carlos finds a poem written by a jailed convict which uses slang and...
John R. Lacey
What if childhood friends became famous tango singers? Could they endure the worldly pressures of fame, fortune and women and have their friendship still survive?
28 June 2012 (USA)
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The "Immortal" Carlos Gardel and his friend, co-composer of many famous tango songs such as "By Only a Head (Por Una Cabeza") danced by Al Pacino in "Scent of a Woman" and Arnold Schwartzenegger in "True Lies", died tragically in an airplane crash in Medellin, Colombia in 1935. They left behind over 1,000 tango recordings and 100 original compositions which continued to be released after their death. Paramount Pictures had also filmed seven motion pictures for the Spanish and Latin-American market planning to replace the recently deceased Rudolf Valentino with Carlos Gardel. His fans refused to believe Gardel had died, creating rumors that he had become a recluse in Colombia, which led to the popular saying: "Gardel sings better every day!" When he died, there was a procession through the streets of Buenos Aires unlike any ever seen (until Evita Peron) to the cemetery where Gardel's statue still stands. Jose Razzano, Gardel's singing/writing partner and subsequent manager was the only one to survive the plane crash because Gardel had fired him over some gambling debts. He reinvented another "Gardel" after his death and profited throughout his life from Gardel and Lepera's compositions, controlling the royalty rights and creating and presiding over Argentina's music union. See more