A 50th anniversary screening of this classic flamenco drama inspired by Romeo and Juliet and possibly West Side Story. LOS TARANTOS is characterized by a sexy, gritty, Catalan gitano style of dancing and marks the final appearance of the legendry Carmen Amaya in the role of Angustias. The star-crossed lovers are Sara Lezana and the mesmerizing Antonio Gades, best remembered for his dancing (and acting) in Carlos Saura’s flamenco trilogy that began with Carmen. The film was nominated for Best Foreign film in 1963 and has not been shown for many years. Screening helped made possible through the assistance of Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain: member organization of the network Spain Arts and Culture. 35mm film print courtesy of Filmoteca de Catalunya.
Teresa Rovira-Beleta, the daughter of film’s director Francisco Rovira-Beleta, will make a personal appearance at the screening.