The Cinema Museum are pleased to be hosting a 35mm presentation of Naked Tango
(1990). Before the film there will be a variety of clips and discussion
on the film and the career of Leonard Schrader with acclaimed
journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed and film curator and historian
The Celluloid Sorceress (Rebecca Nicole Williams). By generous
permission of David Weisman, the producer of the film, all proceeds of
this screening will go to the #SaveTheCinemaMuseum campaign fund.
Leonard Schrader’s single solo directorial film was a troubled
production that only received a minor release. Never released on DVD or
blu-ray, the long out of print VHS is considered a collector’s item. Naked Tango screens here from an archive 35mm print.
Alluding heavily to the Zwi Migdal white slavery and prostitution
ring in Buenos Aires of the 1920s, to which Estefania (Mathilda May)
returns after stealing the identity of a suicidal woman to escape her
elderly husband (Fernando Rey). Anticipating an arranged marriage
Estafania finds herself sold into prostitution as a brothel tango dancer
caught between her gangster husband (Esai Morales) and the sadistic
Cholo (Vincent D’Onofrio) with an obsession for early movies.
Schrader’s trademark fascination with cinephilia and South American
history are in abundance in a film made under difficult circumstances
that never came together in the way the film makers intended. A small
success in the erotic thriller canon of the late 1980s, the film also
contains the breathtaking cinematography of Juan Ruiz Anchia and the
style of co-producer Milena Canonero.
Doors open at 18.30, for a 19.30 start.
Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.