Veteran filmmaker Carlos Saura, perhaps best known for his Flamenco Trilogy of the 1980s (Blood Wedding, Carmen, El Amor Brujo), returns to his favorite subject with the spectacular performance showcase Flamenco Flamenco a performance film with all extraneous elements cut away. A performance without commentary - and without any subtitles for the Spanish song lyrics. Instead, Saura (“Blood Wedding,” “Ay Carmela!”) just wants you to take in the film instinctively.
No plot. No dialogue. Not even any introductory remarks.
Saura teams again with legendary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who also shot Flamenco (1995) and Tango (1998). Storaro, a magician with light delivers cinematography as gorgeous as the electrifying performances.
San Francisco: Dec. 26 - Jan. 1 at Opera Plaza Cinema.