Posts Tagged ‘pedro almodovar’

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 […]


Vivien Leigh (Blance DuBois), Marlon Brando (Stanley Kowalski), Kim Hunter (Stella), Karl Malden (Harold Mitchell). Screenplay by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Elia Kazan. Rating: 12. Running time: 122 minutes. Putting my relatively robust knowledge of American cinema history to use, I’ve been scouring my mind for examples of female characters in the movies that have […]


Carmen Maura (Gloria). Screenplay by Pedro Almodóvar. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Rating: 18. Running time: 101 minutes. When I reviewed Women on the Verge the other day I described Pedro’s early period as ‘inconsistent,’ and it was confusingly poor but compelling efforts like this that I had in mind. What Have I Done to Deserve This? is a Madrid-based […]


Carmen Maura (Pepa), Antonio Banderas (Carlos), Rossy de Palma (Marisa). Screenplay by Pedro Almodóvar. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Rating: 12. Running time: 90 minutes. If you’ve seen any Almodóvar films at all, then you’ll be aware by now that any and all of them sound stupid when their plots are penned to paper, the reason […]


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 Cámara (Benigno Martín), Darío Grandinetti (Marco Zuluaga), Leonor Watling (Alicia), Rosario Flores (Lydia González). Screenplay by Pedro Almodóvar. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Rating: 15. Running time: 112 minutes. As ‘normal’ as an Almodóvar film comes and arguably his most emotionally mature effort to date, Talk to Her suspends the director’s obsession with transsexuality and all things devious, replacing them with what is […]