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The release of Cinema Paradiso was the point at which foreign-language film developed a new sheen for global audiences – complete with heartwarming stories and a hint of the exotic
• Cinema Paradiso: watch the trailer for the 25th anniversary edition
From the start, Cinema Paradiso carries itself like one of the classics its adorable scamp gazes at, open-mouthed, from the projection room. It has an adorable scamp, for starters – and plenty besides: the timeless Sicilian locations, the Felliniesque social carnival, the thunderbolt love affair, humanism lashed about as freely as olive oil. Giuseppe Tornatore's film is a cosy passeggiata down a celluloid Möbius strip looping art into life. When it arrived in the Us in February 1990 – all gilded sequences and grand themes – it seemed like the distillation of the idea of classic foreign cinema.
The two-hour cut – simplifying the characterisation, »
- Phil Hoad
Out Oscar-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodovar has been one of the great unique voices in cinema for over thirty years, and has inspired countless other writer/directors, both real and … imagined.
From his early cult films (Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls on the Heap), (Labyrinth Of Passion ), to his first taste of worldwide acclaim (Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown), to his later arthouse award-winners (All About My Mother, Talk To Her), Pedro has always marched to his own drummer. Even rare misfires, such as last year’s I’m So Excited, are still more interesting than most of the dreck that comes out of Hollywood.
And if there’s one thing Pedro knows, it’s how to fill his films with hot guys. He’s never shied away from male nudity and sex scenes, be it gay or straight, and because two of Pedro’s strongest visual assets are pop and gloss, »
San Sebastian, Spain -- Iconic Spanish actress Carmen Maura, the face of Pedro Almodovar’s 1990s films such as Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, received the Donostia Lifetime Achievement award Sunday night at the 61st San Sebastian International Film Festival. “This was my first festival and I’ve always felt such strong emotions here, such happy moments and sad ones,” Maura said. “I feel very lucky. In order to have prizes, you have to have a lot of luck.” Maura picked up the award just before the Official Section screening of Alex de la Iglesia’s Witching & Bitching,
- Pamela Rolfe
Pedro Almodóvar Set For Career Honor From European Film Academy Pedro Almodóvar will receive the European Achievement in World Cinema award at the 26th European Film Awards in December. The European Film Academy is feting the filmmaker for his body of work, including Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – his 1988 breakout film – All About My Mother, Talk To Her and this year’s I’m So Excited. “I am very thankful for this award,” Almodóvar said in a statement. “From its creation, the European Film Academy has been very generous with me and my closest collaborators. I share with them the joy of this award.” He will receive the award December 7 at the the Efa Awards in Berlin. Senator Film To Finance Bille August’s ‘Beware Of Pity’ Germany’s Senator Film is backing the latest feature adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s Beware Of Pity. Danish helmer Bille August will direct. »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
You’ve already got your calendar cleared, in fact, you’ve blocked out several days to prepare, but now you’ve got a poster and some new information for The Sound of Music Live coming to NBC on December 5th.
Wait. You didn’t know about it already?
Well, live television is going to go for broke, and if reality singing stars and vampires can’t convince you to watch a musical about Nazis and bubbly children… well, then you’re just dead to me. And, if that isn’t enough, now you’ve got some new, and fantastic, names to add to the show.
In slightly more serious news, do you love the poster?
Yes. Yes, you do.
(Photo by: NBC)
- Marc Eastman
The European Film Academy will honor 63-year-old Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar with the European Achievement in World Cinema award at the upcoming 26th annual European Film Awards ceremony, to be held on December 7 in Berlin, Germany.The ceremony will be streamed live on the Efa website. In 1988, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" brought Almodovar international recognition, and he received the Best Young Film award at the first European Film Awards. His body of work includes "Talk to Her," "Volver," "Bad Education," "All About My Mother," and this year's horniness-at-high-altitude comedy "I'm So Excited!" »
- Beth Hanna
Pedro Almodovar is being honored by the European Film Academy (Efa) with its honorary European Achievement in World Cinema Award for his outstanding body of work.
The Spanish director whose work is often considered emblematic of the cultural energy prompted by post-Franco democracy, will be an honorary guest at the 26th European Film Awards Ceremony on Dec 7 in Berlin.
Almodovar, whose background is in offbeat theatre, Super-8-filmmaking, and underground magazines, started his film career with “Pepi, Luci, Bom,” shot in 16mm in 1980 with a largely amateur cast, except for Carmen Maura.
In 1986, he founded the production company El Deseo S.A. with his brother Agustin. Their first project was “Law of Desire.” Since then, the shingle has produced all of Almodovar’s films and also works by other young directors.
In 1988, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” brought Almodovar big international recognition and the Best Young Film award »
- Nick Vivarelli
Spanish director to receive European Achievement in World Cinema Award.
The European Film Academy (Efa) is to present director Pedro Almodóvar with the honorary award European Achievement in World Cinema Award for his outstanding body of work.
Almodóvar said: “I am very thankful for this award. From its creation, the European Film Academy has been very generous with me and my closest collaborators. I share with them the joy of this award.”
The background of the Spanish director was in independent theatre, Super-8-film making and underground magazines in the 1970s. After 18 months shooting on 16mm, in 1980 he opened Peip, Luci, Bom, a low-budget film made up of newcomers, except for actress Carmen Maura.
In 1986, he founded production company El Deseo S.A. with his brother Agustin. Their first project was Law of Desire. Since then, they have produced all the films that Almodóvar has written and directed, and have also produced other young directors.
In 1988, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Jackson Ball selects his five essential films of Pedro Almódovar...
Whether you are a massive fan, or just mildly aware of European cinema, you will probably recognise the name Pedro. In the past thirty years, he's not just become one of the most influential filmmakers in his native Spain, but indeed the entire continent. Known for pushing boundaries, his movies often deal with challenging topics like sexuality and gender roles. These thought-provoking themes are weaved into complex narrative structures, and given a splash of pop culture for good measure.
From his humble beginnings rebelling against the Franco regime, to the international acclaim he's received since; he has compiled a complex and accomplished back-catalogue of films. Still making films well into his sixties, Almódovar shows no sign of slowing down in his advancing years. Here is just a selection of my favourites...
5. La Piel que Habito/The Skin I Live In »
- Flickering Myth
Sound on Sight presents a weekly round-up of some of the more interesting articles from around the web from this week! Be sure to share with us what you think is missing and your own thoughts on these articles!
Over at IndieWire, Peter Knegt asks Why Don’t Lgbt Movies Make Money At The Box Office Anymore?
Last week, Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited” crossed the $1 million mark in North America. That’s not so exciting as far as Almodovar films go — every one of them has crossed that milestone since 1988′s “Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (most of them going on to make considerably more). But it is indeed rare for a film to feature lead gay or lesbian characters — as “Excited” does — to cross that mark, at least these days. Read More
At The Dissolve, Nathan Rabin writes about The poisoned, almost subversive »
- Justine Smith
Last week, Pedro Almodovar's "I'm So Excited" crossed the $1 million mark in North America. That's not so exciting as far as Almodovar films go -- every one of them has crossed that milestone since 1988's "Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (most of them going on to make considerably more). But it is indeed rare for a film to feature lead gay or lesbian characters -- as "Excited" does -- to cross that mark, at least these days. "I'm So Excited" is the first film with a primary gay or lesbian character to gross $1 million since last summer's "Farewell My Queen" (which portrays Marie Antoinette as a lesbian), which grossed just over $1.3 million. It's also only the fifth film to do so since 2010, following "Farewell," "The Kids Are All Right," "La Mission" and "I Love You, Phillip Morris." One could arguably also include "The Perks of Being a Wallflower, »
- Peter Knegt
Riffing on Terek Puckett’s terrific list of director/actor collaborations, I wanted to look at some of those equally impressive leading ladies who served as muses for their directors. I strived to look for collaborations that may not have been as obviously canonical, but whose effects on cinema were no less compelling. Categorizing a film’s lead is potentially tricky, but one of the criteria I always use is Anthony Hopkins’s performance in Silence of the Lambs, a film in which he is considered a lead but appears only briefly; his character is an integral part of the story.
The criteria for this article is as follows: The director & actor team must have worked together at least 3 times with the actor in a major role in each feature film, resulting in a minimum of 2 must-see films.
One of the primary trends for the frequency of collaboration is the »
- John Oursler
With Fantasia Barrino’s toplining stint in upcoming stage musical “After Midnight” now confirmed, producers have locked in the Broadway return of the only “American Idol” alum to drive box office to the heights that matched producers’ hopes for the former stars of the Fox reality competish.
When “Idol” first became a ratings powerhouse in 2002, Rialto denizens saw a potential golden ticket: Here was a hugely popular TV show generating new batches of high-profile singers and releasing them into the world, at which point at least some of them could likely be lured to Broadway for B.O.-goosing musical bookings.
- Gordon Cox
If anyone was going to figure out how to create a hybrid between the sex farce and the disaster movie, leave it to master cinematic geneticist Pedro Almodóvar, whose wild new comedy "I'm So Excited!" recalls the sexy outrageousness of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," the film that made an international star of the Spanish auteur. On the heels of the haunted romance "Broken Embraces" and the downright Cronenbergian body horror of "The Skin I Live In," "I'm So Excited!" finds Almodóvar in the mood for candy-colored set »
- Alonso Duralde
Following what many deemed his darkest effort to date, 2011's twisted psycho-thriller "The Skin I Live In," beloved Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar is back in theaters this Friday with "I'm So Excited," a film that couldn't be a further removed from the shocker that preceded it. Zany, hyper sexual and fabulous in all senses of the word, the comedy centers on a the crew and first class passengers aboard a flight in trouble, who decide to get wasted and go wild before the seemingly inevitable. For Almodovar it marks a return to the melodramatic comedies he built his brand on ("Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!") and a departure from his recent slate of prestige-y dramatic fare ("Skin," "Talk To Her," "Volver"). I sat down with the writer-director in New York to discuss his return to comedy, the theatrical nature of the scenario, »
- Nigel M Smith
Before he was one of cinema's finest dramatists (All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Volver, Broken Embraces), writer-director Pedro Almodóvar was a provocateur and a satirist. The 63-year-old filmmaker harks back to that past with his first comedy in nearly 25 years, I'm So Excited!, a lighthearted, ensemble-driven bit of escapism set 30,000 feet in the air. Over the past two decades, Almodóvar's early comedies have gradually become the prolific director's hidden oeuvre, having been eclipsed by his elegantly garish melodramas. But longtime fans know that the filmmaker first came by his international renown with a comedy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and that those early, darkly comic films from the 1980s »
I’m So Excited (Los amantes pasajeros)
Directed by Pedro Almodovar
Written by Pedro Almodovar
For three decades, Pedro Almodovar has been the most internationally successful purveyor of queer cinema. His first film, 1980’s Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls on the Heap, was released just two years before Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s too-soon swan-song, Querelle. Though the directors possess distinctly different approaches to the medium (Almodovar hasn’t yet gone sci-fi ala World on A Wire, for instance), their films were among the first brashly and unapologetically queer films that were both critically accepted and widely seen. Fassbinder’s films, operating under the New German Cinema umbrella, aggressively proclaimed their institutional critique by way of difficult, at times unpalatable imagery (Remember In A Year of Seven Moons?), while Almodovar’s commentary is often, but no less importantly, couched beneath the artifice of camp and melodrama. Because Almodovar oftentimes »
- John Oursler
I give it six months
Wait! So Playgirl was a … women’s magazine?
Melissa McCarthy has responded to Myra Breckinridge star Rex Reed: “I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.”
Dan Savage on “ex-gay” camps. »
Music Make You Lose Control: Almodovar’s Return to High Camp Shenanigans
Fans of Pedro Almodovar’s early works, like Dark Habits and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown should be really, really excited for his latest, I’m So Excited, a bawdy, trifling, absurd breath of fresh air that sees the auteur return to zany high camp territory. However, while those early works had a playful subversive edge to them, this latest confection feels a little light on the transgressions, despite some memorably crass moments and minor politically minded jeering.
A technical failure to the landing gear (caused by two airport employees in cameos from Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz) puts Peninsula Flight 2549 en route to Mexico City in peril, forcing Captain Acero (Antonio de la Torre) and co-pilot Benito Moron (Hugo Silva) to fly in circles over Toledo. Economy class has been given muscle relaxers and thus are all passed out, »
- Nicholas Bell
For those of you living or heading to the Southern California area this summer, the biggest Movie Geeks in the world (the folks who run the Oscars) have got a treat in store for you under the stars.
Grab the blankets, lawn chairs, your friends and get ready to find a spot on the grass to enjoy The Academy’s 2013 Oscars Outdoors summer movie season. Tickets will be available starting this Wednesday, May 22, at www.oscars.org/outdoors.
The series kicks off with Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado about Nothing,” presented by Kcrw’s “Matt’s Movies,” on Wednesday, June 5. The movie stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisoff, Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz and Sean Maher, all of whom will join Whedon for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Kcrw’s Matt Holzman.
- Michelle McCue
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