WriterAndre Legrand, Daniel Tinayre, Alejandro Verbitzky, Emilio Villalba Welsh Release date1949 (1949) Initial releaseDecember 27, 1949 (Argentina) ScreenplayEmilio Villalba Welsh, Alejandro Verbitzky CastAmelia Bence, Alberto Closas, Enrique Diosdado, Floren Delbene, Francisco de Paula Similar moviesRelated Daniel Tinayre movies
Dance of Fire (Spanish: ) is a 1949 Argentine comedy film directed by Daniel Tinayre. It was entered into the 1951 Cannes Film Festival.
The title of this Argentine film translates literally to Dance of Fire. It is the sometimes profound, sometimes slightly sordid tale of Emilia, (Amelia Bence), a famous concert pianist. As a child, Emilia was sexually assaulted by a circus clown (Enrique Diosdado) while the music of Manuel de Fallas' "Ritual Dance of Fire" could be heard from the circus tent. Since that time, Emilia has gone into hysterics every time she hears the de Fallas composition. Making matters worse, the lascivious clown is now her business manager. Exploiting Emilia's fragile emotional state, the ruthless manager dominates the poor girl. An outburst of violence against the manager is not only inevitable, but in the context of the story it's downright cathartic.