Posts Tagged ‘broken embraces’

Antonio Banderas (Robert Ledgard), Elena Anaya (Vera). Screenplay by Pedro Almodóvar. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Rating: 15. Running time: 117 minutes. If there’s a single theme that ties the young Pedro to the celebrated auteur we have today, it’s undoubtedly the sexual insanity that infiltrates his early, mad comedies and travels right through to the […]


Brigitte Bardot (Camille Javal), Michel Piccoli (Paul Javal), Jack Palance (Jeremy Prokosch), Giorgia Moll (Francesca Vanini), Fritz Lang (Fritz Lang). Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Rating: 15. Running time: 103 minutes. Breathless cost Godard nothing. He filmed it on a handheld camera, created the impression of a sophisticated tracking shot by pushing his cinematographer along the pavement in a […]


Penélope Cruz (Raimunda), Lola Dueñas (Sole), Carmen Maura (Irene), Blanca Portillo (Agustina). Screenplay by Pedro Almodóvar. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Rating: 15. Running time: 121 minutes. Volver is a special species of film, very different from Talk to Her, All About My Mother, Broken Embraces and any other member of the older Almodóvar’s oeuvre. It still bursts with vibrant colour, in […]


Javier Bardem (David), Francesca Neri (Elena), Liberto Rabal (Victor), Angela Molina (Clara), José Sancho (Sancho), Penélope Cruz (Isabelita). Screenplay by Jorge Guerricaechevarria, Ray Loriga and Pedro Almodóvar. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Rating: 18. Running time: 97 minutes. Pfft. What were you thinking, Pedro? This one’s bizarre, and I mean really bizarre. Not so much what […]


It is, quite frankly, disturbing to read on the internet that Michael Powell’s career as a director was practically ended by the release of Peeping Tom. For some reason unbeknownst to those of us looking back at cinema history from the perspective of today, the audience and critics of the time hated the film. Ebert […]


Broken Embraces is nothing short of stunning, and I mean to use that word predominantly as it should be: to reference the visual. Almodovar has always had an eye for colour, but never moreso than in his latest effort. Broken Embraces oozes with beauty. Red monopolises every scene as it always has done for Pedro […]