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Weekend Classics: Weekends with Pedro

Weekend Classics: Weekends with Pedro

Perhaps as much an evocative adjective as he is a celebrated, award-winning director, Pedro Almodóvar continues to craft films that are unmistakably “Almodóvarian.”

Following the 1975 death of Spain’s right-wing military dictator Francisco Franco, Pedro Almodóvar rose to prominence with wildly subversive narratives and compellingly transgressive characters—firmly establishing himself as the face of Madrid’s flourishing alternative cultural scene, La Movida.

His signature, richly textured melodramas affirm his reverence for Old Hollywood screwball comedies, Spanish language telenovelas, Douglas Sirk, and the cult of Technicolor femininity— yet his films are uniquely Pedro in their conspicuous embrace of Spain’s marginalized voices.

In anticipation of Pedro Almodóvar’s 21st feature film—PAIN AND GLORY (Dolor y gloria)—we present four of his most appreciated films.


Upcoming Screenings

TALK TO HER (Hable con ella)

TALK TO HER (Hable con ella)

Two men form a complex bond over their mutual devotion in caring for two comatose women - veritable strangers unable to return their one-sided affections.

VOLVER

VOLVER

Multiple generations of women reunite to mourn their losses, mend old rifts, and harness the healing powers of their collective resilience in the face of age-old adversities.

Seminar: Labyrinths of Passion: Pedro Almodóvar's Irreverent Cinema

Seminar: Labyrinths of Passion: Pedro Almodóvar's Irreverent Cinema

Through a discussion of scenes from his most important films, this seminar will investigate how the “Almodóvarian” aesthetic developed in the context of “La Movida Madrileña,” a countercultural movement in post-fascist Spain, as well as through global film culture and systems of distribution.

PAIN AND GLORY (Dolor y gloria)

PAIN AND GLORY (Dolor y gloria)

As the career of a celebrated director (played by Antonio Banderas) begins to wind down and his work is up for reflection, he’s physically and creatively debilitated by pain. Out of desperation, he begins to self-medicate and retreats into his past and the vitality of his youth.

This Week (click showtimes to purchase)

Friday

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYLINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICETASTE OF CHERRYFIRST LOVEKiarostami ShortsTHE DEAD CENTER

Saturday

A WEDDING SUIT + CASE NO. 1, CASE NO. 2: Introduction from Ashkan Bahrani, Vanderbilt University (1:00pm)
SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYLINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICEA WEDDING SUIT + CASE NO. 1, CASE NO. 2HOMEWORK + educational shortsFIRST LOVECLOSE-UPTALK TO HER (Hable con ella)THE DEAD CENTER12 Hours of Terror

Sunday

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYTALK TO HER (Hable con ella)LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICECLOSE-UPFIRST LOVETASTE OF CHERRYTHE WIND WILL CARRY USTHE DEAD CENTER

Monday

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYLINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICEFIRST LOVELITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Tuesday

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYLINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICECLOSE-UPFIRST LOVEHOMEWORK + educational shortsRental Screening: THE SACRED PLACES PROJECT: Moments in the WildernessTHE DEAD CENTER

Wednesday

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYLINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICETASTE OF CHERRYFIRST LOVEA WEDDING SUIT + CASE NO. 1, CASE NO. 2NJFF: KING BIBI: THE LIFE AND PERFORMANCES OF BENJAMIN NETANYAHUTHE DEAD CENTER

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