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Astor Piazzolla: The Years of the Shark

Daniel Rosenfeld

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Ástor Piazzolla — Accordionist

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Discover a new documentary about the celebrated Argentinian composer and bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla, known for revolutionizing the tango with influences from jazz and classical music. 

Piazzolla received his first bandoneon from his father at the age of nine. In this documentary, his son Daniel draws on his father’s rich private collection to convey his musicality and talent. Directed by Daniel Rosenfeld, this documentary mixes numerous performances of the bandoneonist with archival footage that retraces his family life, marked in particular by a complicated relationship with his son. The most popular compositions of Piazzolla are spotlighted, including Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas and La Muerte del angel, while drawing on the most intimate aspects of this virtuoso’s life. The director paints a portrait of a confident, determined, and passionate artist, who had an immensely successful and multifaceted career, particularly in Europe and the United States.

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