Archive for December 23rd, 2010

1992, December 23 – PREMIERE OF “SCENT OF A WOMAN”

In the explosive scene when blinded Colonel Frank Slade, with loaded gun in hand, wants to commit suicide, he screams to Charlie “what life, I got no life, I am in the dark here, don’t you understand…give me one reason not to”; Charlie answers “I’ll give you two, you dance the tango and drive a Ferrari better than anyone”...somehow, it is the recollection of that electrifying  tango dance that mysteriously snaps him out of his suicidal spiral and begins his road to recovery…of the mythical earlier scene when Colonel Slade asks Donna to dance the tango at the elegant Oak  Room in New York one critic was to say, “it is, along with Rodolfo Valentino’s dance in the Four Horsemen and The Apocalypse (1921), is one of the two most memorable tango scenes in all movie history”…starring Al Pacino and Gabrielle Anwar and directed by Martin Brest, “Scent of a Woman” is actually a remake of the 1974 Italian comedy “Profumo Di Donna” which itself was nominated for two academy awards; it in turn is based on a short story  written by Giovanni Arpino called  “Il Buio e Il Miele” (Darkness and Honey)…


Scent of A Woman garnered Al Pacino his first Oscar for Best Actor; the film was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director…the film tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes the job as an assistant to an irascible, blind, alcoholic  army colonel Frank Slade to earn the money for plane fare home…Colonel Slade’s plan is to live a period of one great last hurrah before killing himself…the tango scene so captured the imagination of the public that it is undoubtably, one of the major reason for the rebirth of the tango and its modern-day boom……tango’s power to change a man is also seen in Robert Duval’s “Assassination Tango” (2003)…when Slade asks Donna to tango and she is hesitant for she has never learned it, he says to her…“no mistakes in the tango Donna, it’s not like life; that’s what makes the tango so great, if you make a mistake and you get all tangled up, just tango on”