Ah, here is something to be savored and enjoyed! I make no bones about Flamenco’s being my favorite art form, but biases aside, this is a magnificent, gorgeous, jaw-dropping film by a master director, Carlos Saura.
When watching a DVD for any reason, I just about always watch the “Extras” or “Extra Features” first; doing so gives me a heads up on what to expect from the film, and I feel better prepared to enjoy it when I have some of the background material to provide a context for appreciation. Seeing how this film was made and being able to enjoy the many interviews with the performers (singers, dancers, and musicians) made the experience of the film itself just that much richer.
The performances themselves represent the very broad range of Flamenco forms, and the director has chosen the various artists for the film because they represent the best of the contemporary expression of Flamenco. There are thunderous, heart-stopping performances at every turn, and more than a few times I found myself sitting slack-jawed in wonder at what I was seeing and hearing.
Now is a great time to enjoy a new film about one of the liveliest and most enchanting art forms in the world, and one that will, like the winds of March, “make your heart a dancer.”