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    Reader comments on Assassination Tango

    Subject: Re: Assassination Tango succeeds!
    Date: Aug 24, 2011
    Sender: JoelPrevious | Next

    I think that in fact there WAS in fact some confluence between Duvall and the Anderson character, since Duvall apparently married Luciana Pedraza, which probably means that he has spent time in Argentina, undoubtedly appreciates tango, and might well have studied it, along with Spanish. I thought his accent in Spanish (I'm a speaker) was not bad at all, undoubtedly helped by his time with Luciana Pedraza. The part about the hitman, fuhgeddaboudit.

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    Response to this comment:
    Assassination Tango succeeds!

    The recent Duvall film entitled "Assassination Tango" succeeds where countless others fail miserably. It has a unique and palpable atmosphere, and it has unique and believable characters.

    A wonderful film with no explosions or special effects to take our focus away from the experience of the main character's life, this delicious jewel leaves you feeling like you've been on a trip to Argentina. Atmosphere...not explosions, loud machine guns, or loud music, just atmosphere.

    Movies like this are few and far between today. "The Year of Living Dangerously" with Mel Gibson was one. "Saint Jack" with Ben Gazzara was another. Good acting, good characters, and lots of atmosphere.

    Misunderstood completely by Tanzer, and others, this movie is a snapshot of a few weeks in the life of an aging hit man. Duvall captures his character's New York, Italian hitman reality very well in his portrayal. Here is a man who is conflicted. Not only conflicted about growing older, but his work has never let him get close enough to anyone to have a family. Now in his 'older' years he sees a chance at a family, still can't fully commit to a woman yet loves the 'stepdaughter' because in his heart she represents the daughter and the family life he never had.

    A lifetime of experience allows him, even forces him to be disconnected when he's working. A different place, a different world, a different life. No guilt here, just work, just a cover. We think he's smitten by Manuela, but he's not. He leaves without word, just like he knew he would. She was smitten by him, a man she never really knew.

    Luciana Pedraza has a charm which is readily seen by the audience. Some of the scenes she is in, which appear to be casual conversation rather than scripted, simply add a documentary feel at times to this film. This adds to the atmosphere of capturing a moment in time in the main character's life.

    Tanzer says Duvall's character "indulged in high-visibility" yet we see John in disquise, taking another room for security, and sneaking in the back way. The socializing was a front, a cover. He was there on vacation as far as the people he met were concerned. You don't just stay in your room if you are on vacation in a foreign country. People might think you're a hit man or something.

    This is not a movie about an assassination, or the tango, it's about a few days in the conflicted and disfunctional life of ex CIA John J., played by one of the best character acters living today. Duvall has once again fooled many critics who confused his character with Duvall himself because his acting is so believable.

    You already know that this reviewer enjoyed "Assasination Tango" and if you understand it, you will enjoy it too.







    Comment index:

  • DUVALL'S LATEST   from JODI, Apr 29, 2003
  • Re: DUVALL'S LATEST   from angel, Jan 23, 2004
  • Asassination Tango   from J. Jones, May 26, 2003
  • Re: Asassination Tango   from Gotan, Jul 27, 2003
  • Re: Asassination Tango   from alan peterson, Dec 28, 2003
  • Re: Asassination Tango   from David, Aug 8, 2010
  • Assassination Tango succeeds!   from Justin Windsor, Dec 29, 2003
  • Re: Assassination Tango succeeds!   from collin, Dec 31, 2003
  • Re: Assassination Tango succeeds!   from Kathy, Jul 24, 2004
  • Re: Assassination Tango succeeds!   from Floyd Baker, Nov 24, 2004
  • » Re: Assassination Tango succeeds! «   from Joel, Aug 24, 2011
  • Loved it.   from Juan J, Dec 7, 2004
  • Re: Loved it.   from Joshua, Dec 7, 2004
  • fantastik geraldine   from Damiano N. Falco, Oct 18, 2005
  • DUVALL'S LATEST   from JODI, Apr 29, 2003
  • Re: DUVALL'S LATEST   from angel, Jan 23, 2004
  • Asassination Tango   from J. Jones, May 26, 2003
  • Re: Asassination Tango   from Gotan, Jul 27, 2003
  • Re: Asassination Tango   from alan peterson, Dec 28, 2003
  • Re: Asassination Tango   from David, Aug 8, 2010
  • Assassination Tango succeeds!   from Justin Windsor, Dec 29, 2003
  • Re: Assassination Tango succeeds!   from collin, Dec 31, 2003
  • Re: Assassination Tango succeeds!   from Kathy, Jul 24, 2004
  • Re: Assassination Tango succeeds!   from Floyd Baker, Nov 24, 2004
  • » Re: Assassination Tango succeeds! «   from Joel, Aug 24, 2011
  • Loved it.   from Juan J, Dec 7, 2004
  • Re: Loved it.   from Joshua, Dec 7, 2004
  • fantastik geraldine   from Damiano N. Falco, Oct 18, 2005