Cinema: The Bard in Barcelona

Los Tarantos, described in its publicity as "a Spanish West Side Story" spills its Romeo and Juliet legend onto the screen with a moving, ferocious beauty more in the spirit of the memorable Black Orpheus. As drama, it is only an idyl warmed over. As dance and folk poetry, it has a forceful, shimmering integrity of its own.

In modern Barcelona, the feud of two passionate gypsy clans, the Tarantos and the Zorongos, provides a turbulent prologue to the first meeting of young Rafael and Juana at a wedding feast. Dark eyes burn, hands...

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