Carlos Saura's latest performance film, Flamenco Flamenco, is finally released in the US. Shot in 2010 at the Seville Expo '92 Pavillion by legendary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (The Conformist / Apocalypse Now) Flamenco Flamenco is a sequel to Saura's 1995 Flamenco. Like flamenco itself, it is a dream, a poem, and all of reality. Almost all of the flamenco community is recorded; Vicente Amigo and El Viejin being perhaps glaring exceptions. Flamenco featured very simply filmed performances. Flamenco Flamenco is intentionally more theatrical; one scene has Eva Yerbabuena and Miguel Poveda performing on set in the rain. Every generation alive and performing today is included; from the stunning 14 year old dancer Manuel Fernandez "El Carpeta" to the
octogenarian Maria Bala singing an unaccompanied solea. Manolo Sanlucar's alegria is amazing. Paco de Lucia plays a buleria por solea with La Tania singing for the second to last piece; and Moraito plays and even dances on the final buleria de Jerez, reminding us in an eerily beautiful way that we have lost two giants.
All the dancing does flamenco justice. Sara Baras, with an alegria no less, will steal your heart.