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Astor Piazzolla: The Years of the Shark

Astor Piazzolla

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A documentary with extraordinary and previously unpublished material about the “world‘s foremost
composer of tango music” – Astor Piazzolla.
The Argentine bandoneon player and composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) revolutionized the tango.
His tango nuevo, with its jazz and classical influences, made him a controversial figure in his own
country, as his revolution clashed with tradition.
Astor received his first bandoneon from his father when he was nine. Twenty years later, he had
reached the limits of tango. In search of his own style, he went to study piano composition in Paris in
the early 1950s. There he realized that in spite of everything, he was still a tanguero. A multifaceted
career was to follow, chiefly in Europe and the United States.
For this documentary, Piazzolla’s son Daniel drew on his private collection. Unique footage of
numerous performances and intimate family films combine with archive material to paint a vivid
portrait of Piazzolla: self-assured, obstinate, passionate and a true virtuoso. Daniel’s commentary
reveals a complicated relationship with his father. The tapes of hours of conversations between
Piazzolla and his daughter Diana provide a rare insight into the mind of a musical genius.


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94 mins
Lenght short
Daniel Rosenfeld
Idéale Audience in co-production with Daniel Rosenfeld Films, ARTE, INA, Acontracorriente, Tornasol Films SA, CLASSICA JAPAN, Argentinacine, CNC, INCAA, Angoa, Procirep in participation with ARTE, AVROTROS, Canal Encuentro, DIRECTV
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