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.
Sat-Sun, Oct 19-20
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.
Sat-Sun, Oct 26-27
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.
Thu, Nov 7 | 7:00-9:00pm
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.
Opens Fri, Nov 8
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.