Movies

These are links to blog posts that refer to movies:

Salsa Movies

Dirty DancingDirty Dancing (1987) – 99/100 – lots of salsa-ish/ grindchata-ish/ dirty dancing.

Cuban FuryCuban Fury (2015) – 95/100 – lots of UK salsa scenes, featuring many real life salsa dancers.

SalsaSalsa (2000) – 94/100 – refreshing, original story, with some hot and funny salsa club scenes in Paris, subtitles.

Dance with MeDance with Me (1998 ) – lots of salsa scenes.

Havana NightsDirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) – 93/100 – lots of salsa and grindchata-ish/ dirty dancing.

Et Dieu... créa la femmeEt Dieu… créa la femme (1956) – 83/100 – This film is all about Brigitte Bardot, the salsera everyone wants, no subtitles unfortunately.

SalsaBeats of the Heart: Salsa (2001, 1979) – 83/100 – well-paced documentary on the roots of Puerto Rican salsa music in New York City, from a social perspective.

El CantanteEl Cantante (2006) – more about drugs than about salsa music or dance, but still ok to watch.

Born RomanticBorn Romantic (2000) – 80/100 – lots of salsa scenes.

SalsaSalsa (1988).
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Dance Movies

Swing TimeSwing Time (1936) – Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers.

Black SwanBlack Swan (2010) – 97/100 – mostly ballet.

Ballroom DancerBallroom Dancer (2011) – 96/100 – mostly dancesport.

Shall we dansu? (Shall We Dance?)Shall We Dance?Shall we dansu? (Shall We Dance?) (1996) – 92/100 – mostly ballroom/ dancesport, subtitles.

La Apertura (2005) – mostly Argentine tango, subtitles.

Love N’ Dancing (2009) – 86/100 – mostly West Coast swing.

Shall We Dance?Shall We Dance? (2004) – 82/100 – mostly ballroom/ dancesport.

The Tango LessonThe Tango Lesson (1997) – 82/100 – mostly tango, some subtitles.

Take the LeadTake the Lead (2006) – 82/100 – mix of dance styles, including a bit of salsa.

Luis Vargas: The Bachata Story: Santo Domingo Blues (2006) – 81/100 – lots of bachata and some merengue, subtitles.

15Flamenco at 5:15 (1983) – 77/100 – flamenco dancing.

Strictly Ballroom (1992) – 70/100 – mostly ballroom/ dancesport, emphasis on Paso Doble.

Hula gâru (Hula Girls)Hula gâru (Hula Girls) (2006) – 67/100 – hula dancing, subtitles.
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Gigolo Movies

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) – 91/100 – lots of gigolo scenes.

Spread (2009) – 90/100 – lots of gigolo scenes.

Hung (2009) – lots of gigolo scenes.

American GigoloAmerican Gigolo (1980) – lots of gigolo scenes.

Male GigoloDeuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999) – lots of gigolo scenes.

Out to Sea (1997) – 90/100 – lots of scenes of dance host shenanigans.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) – 82/100 – mecha gigolo scenes.

The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief (2006) – 70/100 – lots of gigolo scenes, subtitles.

Gigolo WannabeGigolo Wannabe, aka Waters (Uôtâzu) (2006) – 67/70 – lots of gigolo scenes, subtitles.

The Wedding DateThe Wedding Date (2005) – 63/70 – lots of gigolo scenes.
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Movie Musicals

Kiss Me KateKiss Me Kate (1953)

De-LovelyDe-Lovely (2004)

EvitaEvita (1996) – quite a bit of tango.

The Sound of MusicThe Sound of Music (1965)

RentRent (2005)

West Side StoryWest Side Story (1961)

Music and LyricsMusic and Lyrics (2007)
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Other Movies

Blast from the Past (1999) – 95/100 – feel-good movie with one of my favourite dance scenes of all time.

The Ugly Truth (2009) – 95/100 – fun romantic comedy, with one good salsa scene.

ChefChef (2014) – 93/100 – soundtrack is mostly salsa, some good salsa/ party scenes.

The Conformist (Il conformista) (1970) – 93/100 – a very nice sapphic tango scene, subtitles.

Gray MattersGray Matters (2006) – 93/100 – some dance scenes, some sapphic scenes.

The Lost CityThe Lost City (2005) – 90/100 – a good amount of Cuban salsa history scenes.

Along Came PollyAlong Came Polly (2004) – 90/100 – a good amount of salsa scenes, with some memorable shines.

Jules and Jim (Jules et Jim) (1962) – 80/100 – no dance scenes that I can remember, but a charming film that makes me think of a dancer from France, who did not dance with me, subtitles.

Last Tango in Paris (1972) – 75/100 – a ballroom tango scene at the end.

LantanaLantana (2001) – 75/100 – a few realistic salsa scenes.

Kinky BootsKinky Boots (2006) – 56/70 – a little runway cha cha cha.

My Boyfriend Is Type BMy Boyfriend Is Type B (2005) – one 1.5 minute salsa scene at the beginning of the movie, subtitles.

Bande à partBand of Outsiders (Bande à part) (1964) – no salsa, but a very interesting dance scene, almost hypnotic, subtitles.

2 Responses to “Movies”

  1. Silvia August 30, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    I have a small collection of dance movies and would like to add Take the Lead (2006)for ballroom/dance and Salsa (1988) it’s not that great as a film but there are some nice salsa scenes.

  2. salsagigolo August 31, 2009 at 10:59 pm #

    I don’t think I’ve seen Salsa (1988), but I’ve watched Take the Lead at least a couple times. Since you requested, I’ll add these to the list :).

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