7 Favorite Tangos from the Movies

Sensual, seductive, and evocative. We get in the mood for A TANGO WITH MOZART, featuring the tango-infused Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, with our all-time favorite big screen interpretations of the dance.

1. El Tango de Roxanne – from Moulin Rouge

The ’80’s Police hit gets a tango-flavored, gravelly-voiced makeover in the 2001 movie starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.


2. Lopez & Gere in Shall We Dance?

Tired businessman Richard Gere rediscovers his passion for life by taking dance lessons with Jennifer Lopez.


3. Cell Block Tango

“Pop, Six, Squish, Uh uh, Cicero, Lipschitz..!” Catherine Zeta-Jones stars as Velma Kelly in Chicago.


4. Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman

Hoo-Ahh! This performance scored Pacino the Oscar for Best Actor in 1992.


5. Love and Dance

In this Polish 2009 movie, the music is muted so you can more intensely hear the steps of the dancers on the hardwood floor.


6.  Take the Lead

Antonio Banderas gets his students’ attention (and ours too!) in an unconventional way.

7. Introducing the Tango

Fred & Ginger star in the 1939 movie The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle.


For the California Symphony, it starts with Concertmaster Jennifer Cho and Music Director Donato Cabrera but it takes a few more people than that for this tango with the orchestra.

Cho performs Piazzolla’s tango-laced Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with the California Symphony in A TANGO WITH MOZART at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8pm and Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4pm. Music Director Donato Cabrera leads a free, 30-minute pre-concert talk for ticketholders, starting an hour before each show. Main floor tickets start at $42 and $20 for students 25 and under with valid Student ID.