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September 3, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM | Chazen Auditorium
Spain, 1988, 35mm, 89 min., Spanish with English subtitles
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Rossy de Palma
A triumph of pop art, this exuberant screwball comedy catapulted Pedro Almodóvar to the forefront of world cinema. Frequent collaborator Carmen Maura gives the performance of her career as a jilted actress holed up in her posh apartment, awaiting a phone call from her costar lover. She is visited by a roundelay of hilarious, similarly scorned characters, whose companionship mostly serves to drive each another even crazier. All of Almodóvar’s specialities—fizzy patter, delirious plotting, dazzling production design, a gallery of indelible female characters—coalesce to perfection. A Spanish box office sensation and Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown introduced the rest of the world to Almodóvar’s singularly expressive style.
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.