Archive for August 9th, 2011

1956, August 9 – PREMIERE OF “EL TANGO EN PARIS”

Lead actor and singer Jorge Vidal grew up in a destitute family…his father died suddenly of a heart attack when he was three years old…his mother in desperation threw herself in front of the limousine of the President of the Republic and he in pity, granted her a pension based on her husband’s service at the post office….as a youth Jorge sang in bars and then passed the hat around…he often slept in the very bars where he worked…one evening, after having slept on the billiard table of a bar, in the morning, to his shock, the great Osvaldo Pugliese awakens him to offer him a singer’s post in his orchestra and thus begins a great career…premiering at the Suipacha cinema, “El Tango En Paris” was based on a play by Enrique Garcia Velloso which first premiered in 1913…the play had been restaged to great success in 1945 with a script by Ivo Pelay and music by Francisco Canaro…it is here that singer Alberto Arenas debuted with “Adios Pampa Mia” which became an international hit 

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“El Tango En Paris” was directed by Arturo S. Mom who was a pioneer in Argentine film history…like Astor Piazzolla, he was born in Mar De Plata, Argentina…this was his last film in a long and successful career as a director, screen writer and producer…the film also starred Olinda Bozan, the cousin of the legendary tango singer Sofia Bozan…Olinda began acting as a child in the circus where her parents performed and as a teenager began working in theater…she married her theater mentor Pablo Podesta when she was 14 years old; he was 19 years older…the marriage ended after one month…in 1931 she had a small role in “Luces De Buenos Aires” which was Carlos Gardel’s first movie filmed in Paris…three years later she starred in the renown film “Idolos De La Radio”…after a long and successful career that took her to Europe and the United States, she passed away at the age of 82 under mysterious circumstances

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  • CLICK HERE – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJYKiF9pMzY to see a clip from the film “El Tango En Paris” in which Jorge Vidal sings “El Llloron” composed by Juan Maglio “Pacho” with lyrics by Enrique Cadicamo