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September 24, 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM | Chazen Auditorium
Spain, 1987, 35mm, 102 min., Spanish with English subtitles
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Eusebio Poncela, Antonio Banderas, Carmen Maura
A gay love triangle forms the basis for one of Almodóvar’s most erotically charged films. This steamy tale of lust and obsession begins when a director, temporarily abandoned by his lover, hooks up with a closeted stalker (Antonio Banderas, young and hunky). When it becomes clear that none of the three can fully possess the others, one of them will have to be eliminated. Law of Desire was the first film produced by El Deseo, the company founded by the Almodóvar brothers, achieving a newfound creative control that is evident in every carefully designed frame. One of the most personal of Almodóvar’s early works, which the director has referred to as “the key film of my life and career.”
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.