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Janett’s Tango Did You Know…?

Posted: 15:23, Monday 9 June 2008 by Ben

Updated: 08:58, Tuesday 10 June 2008 by Ben

The 1935 tango, Por Una Cabeza (By a Head) which recounts the story of the unsuccessful passion of a man for a woman and horse racing, has been used in at least three films – Scent of a woman, 1992; Schindler’s List, 1993; and True Lies, 1994. In these films tango is used as themes of healing and heroic action.

The music and lyrics of Por Una Cabeza, were created by Carlos Gardel (1887/90, Dec – 1935, June) and Alfredo Le Pera (1900, June – 1935, June). Both Gardel and Le Pera, along with other musicians, died in a plane crash in Medellin, Colombia in 1935.

The song, Por Una Cabeza, has been translated by Albero Paz and the lyrics can be found on the web.

Information source:


Thompson, Robert Farris. 2005. Tango: the art history of love. United States: Vintage Books. P20.


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