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Emily Dickinson had said it, “Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate”  and indeed Francisco Fiorentino,“Fiore” (Virgo), had been struggling for a number of years now…his career, from the glorious days of fame and fortune with the Anibal Troilo orchestra, had been in steady decline…but finally a breakthrough had come, Anibal Troilo, his old mentor, had invited him to record with his renown quartet, “it is the break I have been praying for” he confided to a friend..and so it was with renewed hope that he departed to the city of Mendoza where he would sing at a charity event..on the evening of the 10th of September 1955, Francisco Fiorentino sang before an enthusiastic crowd…it was the morning of 11 September when he and his musicians finally left the dance hall and someone suggested that some time could be saved by taking a short cut on the gravel road instead of following the main highway…30 minutes into the drive, after having crossed a bridge, the car suddenly skidded on the gravel and slid into the river which at this time of the year contained little water…in a tragic case of bad luck, the side on which Fiore was a passenger happened to land in a puddle of muddy water..Fiore was knocked unconscious and his torso remained under water and he drowned…he was 49 years old


Francisco Fiorentino was born in the neighborhood of San Telmo in Buenos Aires to a musical family which had emigrated from the ancient fishing village of Giovinazzo, in the state of Puglia in Southen Italy…as a child “Fiore” began studying the bandoneon and envisioned a career playing in an orchestra…he was barely more than a child when he began playing the bandoneon  alongside his brother Vicente, a violinist, in silent movie theaters…it was with the Francisco Canaro orchestra, that he discovered his talent for singing as well as playing the bandoneon and in fact he would be one of only a handful of musicians who would also sing as well as play…he would have this dual role, bandoneon player and singer in a number of orchestras including Juan Carlos Cobian, Pedro Maffia and Juan D’arienzo…it was however, during his six years with Anibal Troilo, that his fame as a singer would emerge…later he would create his own orchestra and hire a young Astor Piazzolla to arrange and lead the group


1949, September 19 – BIRTH OF SALLY POTTER

She had a dream; to become a film director…a beguiling voice beckoned teenager Sally Potter’s gentle, sensitive nature…she was restless; she felt as if she was wasting her time but her options were limited; she had no money…what to do…one day she made a decision, to the astonishment of everyone around her, she courageously quit school and joined the London Film Makers Co-Op…and then she had a unique insight; inspired by a comment by celebrated French film critic Andre Bazin that “the essence of cinema is movement”, she decided to study dance and choreography; she enrolled at the London School of Contemporary Dance…in time would emerge one of the most visionary and creative film directors in the history of film…a polymath of film, she wrote, directed, produced, composed, danced, choreographed and starred in her films succeeding  in fiercely competitive and often closed world…


At the age of 19 she began to be noticed with two short films “Jerk” and “Play”; others were to follow continuing to hone her skills and becoming more adept at transferring her vision on to celluloid…it finally all came together for “Orlando” which premiered in 1992…based on a Virginia Wolf novel by the same name it was nominated for two academy awards and won 25 international awards…noted film critic Roger Ebert said of the film, “it was directed with sly grace and quiet elegance”…her next film “The Tango Lesson” came out of her passionate love of tango awaked in her by the music of Astor Piazzolla…its success helped spur the world-wide reawakening of the tango boom…for this film, largely autobiographical, she directed, wrote, starred, danced and even sang the final song of the film…she discovered dancer Pablo Veron who today is probably the best known tango dancer in the world…she said of the film, “I wanted to create authenticiy…to get very close to the bone, to the skin of what tango is”



Young Fernando Ayala dreamed of an influential career as a lawyer and pursued his studies with determination…one day, a friend of renown writer and director Luis Cesar Amadori, invited him to the set of a new film “La Mentirosa” starring renown actress Nini Marshal; it was to change his life…he would recall years later how much he laughed at  the last scene where Nini’s character says “may the pictures fall off the walls, if I tell another lie” and how all the pictures came crashing down…it was at that moment that he decided to devote his life to film making…he began working as a runner in the studio and later became the assistant to renown director Francisco Mujica…


His 10 years with Mujica including experience in Cuba and Mexico earned him a glowing reputation…his first film, a short, “Ayer Fue Primavera” (yesterday was spring) was a critical success…in 1956 along with Hector Olivera, he created Aries Studios…their first film “El Jefe” was a resounding success…in his career, he would direct over 40 films and produce another 20…in “El Canto Cuenta Su Historia” he featured  some of tangos great legends including Alberto Castillo, Roberto Goyeneche, Hugo Del Carril, Enrique Cadicamo and Julio De Caro…it was the first film for Amelia Baltar who was discovered by Astor Piazzolla and who besides becoming his lover would premier his masterpiece “Ballada Para Un Loco”



The creator of stage show “Romance De tango” Leonardo Suarez Paz, is the son of renown violinist Fernando Suarez Paz who was recruited by Astor Piazzolla and toured with him for over 10 years…Fernando began to study violin at the age of five and in time became a first violinist with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Argentina although his father originally hoped that Fernando would become a doctor…Fernando’s talent was such that although still a teenager, he was invited to play with the legends of tango including Miguel Calo, Anibal Troilo and Fulvio Salamanca…Fernando has received enthusiastic reviews from critics throughout the world including a seven star rating from the New York Times


Inspired and encouraged by his father, Leonardo earned accolades in his own right as a musican, dancer and choreographer…Fernando is an accomplished violinist, opera and tango singer and tango dancer which he refined under the tutelage of the legendary Juan Carlos Copes…with passion and devotion, he employed all of his talents to create the critically acclaimed “Romance De Tango” featuring the dancers from his Cuartetango Music and Dance Company…the show, which premiered on August 22, 2009 at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, features six dancers, a string quartet, a bandoneónist, a pianist, and two singers…with a daring repertoir, the production incorporates all expressions of the tango art: music, poetry, song, and dance…one reviewer said of the show, “amazing dancers who enliven the evening with fiery steps and the spirit of Buenos Aires”



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 


“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


  • CLICK HERE – 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


The lyrics to “Sera Una Noche” are different from so many others that are fatalistic…”Sera Una Noche” speaks instead of hope, “I know that one day happiness will return to my life…I know that there will come the day that you return to me”..the lyrics were written by  Manuel Ferradas Campos…for the composer of the music Jose Tinelli, son of Italian immigrants from the region of Puglia, it was love at first sight when he first saw the lovely singer Chola Bosch…they would get married and have a marvelous career together until his untimely death at the age of 49 from a heart attack…Tinelli’s composition “Por Una Vuelta” was made into a great hit by the Jose Basso Orchestra 17 years after it was composed when it was sung by Floreal Ruiz…it was during his tenure with the Jose Basso orchestra that Oscar Ferrari recorded “Sera Una Noche” on July 26, 1951…Oscar Ferrari was born in the neighborhood of Balvanera in Buenos Aires on August 9, 1924…he was the only child of a renown dancers couple who performed  in variety shows…


Oscar  practically grew up in theaters as he accompanied his parents with their traveling company…he began singing in some of those theater productions at the age of four…Oscar was six years old the family moved to Montevideo to work for a theater company when tragedy struck; his father died unexpectedly at the age of 28…at the age of 14 Oscar had his first professional job when he was hired by the Antonio Felice Orchestra…it was the beginning of a long and glorious career which included performances with the orchestras of Alfredo Gobbi, Astor Piazzolla and Armando Pontier for whom he formed a duo with the ill-fated Julio Sosa…with the Edgardo Donato Orchestra he sang on Radio El Mundo and recorded his first disc “Galleguita”…the greatest hit of his career however, was “Venganza”; of its first printing alone, it sold over 4 million copies…during the latter part of his life, he devoted himself to teaching voice and wrote the book “Cabaret Stories” and a book of poetry…he was included in the film “Cafe De Los Maestros”, directed by Miguel Kohan which premiered in 2008 two months before Oscar passed away at the age of 84



Poet (Leo) – Eduardo Escaris Mendez, like two other renown tango poets Pascual Contursi and Dante A. Linyera, ended his life alone and forgotten in the insane asylum “Hospicio De Las Mercedes” legendary for its storys of patients chained to the dining tables and cruel and violent orderlys in miserable conditions…founded in 1865, by the end of World War I, at its peak, it contained 6000 patients…the cause of Mendez’s madness and that of Contursi and Linyera as well, was probably the latter psychotic phase of syphilis…syphlis had been rampant in Europe in the 18th and 19th century and was carried by immigrants to Argentina…from the begining, tango was was part of the culture of whorehouses; its musicians frequently played there….Mendez was the lyricist for many tangos but his most enduring has been “Barajando” which has been recorded by many orchestras…for many years he ran gambling joints along with the requisite girls for entertainment…toward the end of his life, debilitated by the progressive effects of syphlis, he opened a second-hand book store and remained there until he was completed incapacitated and interned in the Hospicio De Las Mercedes from which few returned…


The renown bandoneon player and composer Jose Marmon, who created over 380 compositions, was known to have contracted syphilis no doubt from performing in the houses of prostitution….little is know about how and when he passed away…at the beginning of 20th century treatment for mental illness was practically non-existent; patients were basically locked up…interestingly, Hippocrates in ancient Greece had observed that malaria induced convulsions could cure insanity in some patients; in fact inducing convulsions was one of the few existing therapies leading to what was at the time a major breakthrough, the development of electroshock therapy by Ugo Cerreti in Rome in 1937…the classic French film “King of Hearts”, about an insane asylum during World War I which premiered in 1966, inspired Horacio Ferrer to write his masterpiece “Ballada Para Un Loco” to Astor Piazzolla’s music which became a major hit for Roberto Goyeneche