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September 10, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Chazen Auditorium
Spain, 1986, 35mm, 110 min., Spanish with English subtitles
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Assumpta Serna, Antonio Banderas, Carmen Maura
In one of his first starring roles, a young Antonio Banderas plays a student matador who suffers from vertigo and faints at the sight of blood. One such spell leads him to confess to a series of murders he did not commit—but the real killers lurk close by. While still in keeping with the taboo-busting dark comedy of Almodóvar’s enfant terrible origins, Matador begins the shift towards the greater narrative and stylistic complexity of his later masterworks.
For our Fall Sunday afternoon series at the Chazen Museum of Art, we will screen the beautiful and influential work of contemporary Spanish cinema’s best-known filmmaker, Pedro Almodóvar. A veritable industry onto himself, Almodóvar, as a writer, producer and director, has carved out a substantial slice of the international moviegoing audience for his classically told tales of offbeat lives and offbeat love. Almodóvar is an artist who does not hide his cinematic influences but every aspect of his work – from production design to storytelling techniques - always feels decidedly personal.
Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen, a collaboration between Cinematheque and the Chazen Museum of Art, presents archival and feature films curated by Cinematheque director Jim Healy. Screenings are free and begin at 2 p.m. There will be no admittance to the Auditorium after the film has started.