“I Don’t Know What Your Eyes Did To Me” unravels the mystery of ’30s tango diva Ada Falcon, who retired from the public eye in 1940 never to be heard from again. Film critic Sergio Wolf and shorts filmmaker Lorena Munoz team up in this documentary investigation with a surprising conclusion. For fest and TV auds interested in Argentine popular culture, as well as tango fans, this carefully crafted doc is an authentic dip into the country’s colorful past.
Opening on a panoply of female tango singers from the ’20s and ’30s, pic compares their emotional recitals to that of blues singers like Billie Holliday. Most celebrated among them was Falcon, a green-eyed blonde who cultivated the aura of a Hollywood star. Period specialists say her Garbo-like early retirement was caused by an unhappy love affair with her married manager, Pinicho Canaro, an incorrigible womanizer. On camera, Wolf traces Falcon to a small town in Cordoba, where she went to lead a life of poverty linked to the Franciscan order. Intriguing finale, sees the aged recluse found in a provincial home for the elderly, just prior to her death.