The Tango Player

Original title: (Der Tangospieler)
GDR, 1990, 96 min, color
In German; English subtitles

Disenchanted and angry, Dr. Dallow has been released after 21 months in prison for playing piano in a “subversive” cabaret program. He refuses the Stasi offer to "help" him get his university position back in exchange for becoming an informant. He lives in increasing isolation and despair as he tries to deal with the hypocritical social system and the injustice done to him. Things change after Soviet tanks roll into Prague in August 1968.


The film features several exceptional actors and is part of the series WENDE FLICKS: Last Films from East Germany, which premiered at LACMA and other Los Angeles venues in 2009.

Special features:
  • Turn Subtitles On/Off
  • Biographies & Filmographies
  • "In Prison, Something Like a Future," by John Lessard (Univ. of the Pacific)
  • Director Roland Gräf and Film Historian Michael Hanisch in Conversation (2001, 12 min.)
  • Podcast: Author Christoph Hein on His Novella The Tango Player (1989, 13 min.)
  • Prague Spring, 1968: Timeline
  • Original Trailer

The Tango Player

Screening Rights: 
Educational Streaming

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