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¡Almodovar!

Postby Tyrone_Shoelaces on Sat May 21, 2011 7:39 pm

Spain's Almodovar eyes English-language project
by JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press – Sat May 21, 12:47 pm ET

CANNES, France – Pedro Almodovar helped launch the international careers of several Spanish actors who are now Hollywood legends, including Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Now the celebrated filmmaker says he's toying with the idea of making his first movie in English.

The Academy Award-winning Spaniard has always remained deeply attached to his homeland, and none of his 18 films has been set beyond its borders.

That could change if one of three projects currently in development comes to fruition.

"There's a script that ... could perhaps become my first project in English," Almodovar said in an interview at the Cannes Film Festival, where he was promoting his latest movie, horror thriller "The Skin I Live In."

"I'm writing it in Spanish but I've spoken to an American writer about doing the English version."

Almodovar declined to provide any details about the project, which he said is in the early stages of development.

"The Skin I Live In" — one of 20 movies competing for the top Palme d'Or prize at Cannes — marks the return of a Hollywood heartthrob who was a regular feature of Almodovar's movies from the 1980s, Antonio Banderas. The two haven't worked together since 1990's "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!"

In "The Skin," Banderas actor breaks out the Latin Lover mold of his Hollywood work, playing an icy and calculating plastic surgeon bent on avenging the rape of his daughter. Banderas' pared-down performance is among his strongest in recent memory.

Almodovar "wanted this character to always be under control, to never reveal the monster he has inside," Banderas said. "This character with Pedro actually opened the door with me to a different turf.

"I'm going to be 51 this year and now I'm getting the possibility of doing characters I've never done before," Banderas said.

Almodovar said he thought Banderas' co-star, Elena Anaya, could follow in the footsteps of Almodovar muse, Penelope Cruz. In "The Skin," Anaya delivers a zinger of a performance as a victim of the Banderas character's Machiavellian plot.

"In addition to her youth and the fact she's a beautiful girl, Elena isn't afraid of any kind of scene," said Almodovar.

"I think she's the most open actress in this way that I've ever met. She can be in physical situations that are really atrocious," like the movie's brutal rape scene, and not blink, he said.

"She has the hardness necessary to handle really difficult scenes and the sensitivity to be able to transmit emotion in a really direct and immediate way," said the filmmaker. "I don't like to make comparisons, but I predict for Elena a future like that of Penelope in the U.S."

Anaya has already had a taste of the experience of working in Hollywood, with her role as a vampire in the 2004 action flick "Van Helsing." Though she said she had "lots of fun" on the project, Anaya said she's not angling for roles in big-budget blockbusters.

Still, the doe-eyed 35-year-old said she's not ruling anything out.

"You never know what kind of opportunities life holds in store," she said. "It goes without saying that I'm super content and incredibly happy with the opportunity Pedro has given me here."
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Re: ¡Almodovar!

Postby SilentScream on Sun May 22, 2011 1:24 pm

FUCK, YES, I'd love to see Pedro make his first English language flick. He could probably get whatever cast he wants, many A-list thesps would be lining up to work with him, like they do with Woody Allen or Terry Malick.
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Re: ¡Almodovar!

Postby Ribbons on Mon May 23, 2011 1:52 am

I have to confess I've never seen a single Almodovar film. :oops:

It's one of those things where I constantly hear about each (good) new one and feel like I should make time to see it eventually, but never do. I thought I remembered reading something about him indicating that he planned to never shoot a film in English, and there have been some great directors who tried and failed to make the jump successfully, but if this is true I'll be following its development with interest.
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Re: ¡Almodovar!

Postby SilentScream on Mon May 23, 2011 6:13 am

Ribbons wrote:I have to confess I've never seen a single Almodovar film. :oops:



OH MAN, you are so missing out. He's one of the top 10 living film directors. Treat yourself to a box set off Amazon or something. You won't be disappointed.
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Re: ¡Almodovar!

Postby Spandau Belly on Mon May 30, 2011 9:27 am

I hope Almodovar passes on making a Hollywood movie in English. I feel like he would get Wong Kar Wai'd by the whole experience.

I am also looking forward to THE SKIN IN WHICH I LIVE, despite it getting a little panned. It'll probably open here in Canada around Christmas time. His movies always seem open here at Christmas time.

Of his movies, I'd probably say ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER is my fave, with VOLVER in close second. I know lots of people prefer his absurdist comedy stuff, but I'm more into his melodramas.

He's made some weaker movies, but he's never made a movie I didn't enjoy watching. His films always leave me feeling really warm and full of love.
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Re: ¡Almodovar!

Postby SilentScream on Mon May 30, 2011 12:29 pm

Spandau Belly wrote:I hope Almodovar passes on making a Hollywood movie in English. I feel like he would get Wong Kar Wai'd by the whole experience.

I am also looking forward to THE SKIN IN WHICH I LIVE, despite it getting a little panned. It'll probably open here in Canada around Christmas time. His movies always seem open here at Christmas time.

Of his movies, I'd probably say ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER is my fave, with VOLVER in close second. I know lots of people prefer his absurdist comedy stuff, but I'm more into his melodramas.

He's made some weaker movies, but he's never made a movie I didn't enjoy watching. His films always leave me feeling really warm and full of love.


See your point but from what I've read about Pedro ANY English speaking flick would probably be made on his terms and his terms only. Why? He doesn't give a flying shit about La-la land and his standing there. His reputation as a filmmaker is WORLDWIDE and he's made that working from home. I can easily hear him saying at the sign of any trouble; "fuck this for a lark, I'm going back to Barcelona once this is in the can." He simply doesn't need La-la land. Or really care about it too much either.

I share your love for All About My Mother. Jeez, it's a great flick, no? It has everything, tragedy, humour, drama, joy, tears. Have you seen Bad Education? Totally ACE, a wonderful picture. Like so much of his stuff. Pedro has enriched my movie experience no end. A deeply human filmmaker. Gracias! Pedro
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Re: ¡Almodovar!

Postby Spandau Belly on Tue May 31, 2011 7:19 am

I haven't seen all his films, and of his big winning streak that started with ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, BAD EDUCATION was the one I missed. I'll get around to it eventually.

I'm trying to think, has he ever even had any scenes in his movies that take place outside of Spain?

If he wanted to do an English language movie in America for kicks, well, it's his life, I'd see it because I'll see anything he does. And I would hope it wouldn't turn out to be a waste of his time.

It's funny, because America has such a big Spanish-speaking population that he could do a movie set in America but still cast it with an all Spanish cast speaking Spanish the whole movie.
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Re: ¡Almodovar!

Postby Spandau Belly on Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:14 am

So I saw THE SKIN I LIVE IN, Pedro Almodovar's cinematic rebuttle to THE HUMAN CENTEPEDE. Yes, you read that right. I don't think anybody every expected Almodovar to make a torture porn movie, which is what makes this kinda freaky to watch because it still ends up feeling more like an Almodovar movie than a full on torture porn movie. I'm pretty sure anybody who goes to see this hoping for a SAW movie would be bored, but I liked it. It was different enough from what he normally does, but still had all the stuff I like about his movies.

Antonio Banderas is good in full mad scientist mode. But since it's an Almodovar movie, there is no moral black and white, and most characters are treated with sympathy. Banderas never really comes across creepy, even though the things he's doing are undeniably creepy as fuck. Banderas plays one of the world's top plastic surgeons who is driven mad by unfortunate luck in his personal life. His wife cheats on him with his criminal half-brother and the two decide to run off together but crash the car and when the criminal dude sees that she is burning to death, he's all like "I ain't fuckin no flaming pussy. Fuck this!" Banderas is left with his daughter who has emotional problems and takes lots of medication.

The twisted torture porn madness begins when Banderas's crazy daughter possibly gets raped (whether it is rape or not is left somewhat ambiguous). Banderas tracks down the rapist, imprisons him, forces plastic surgery on him to transform him into the wife Banderas lost years ago, and then fucks him. Like I said, pretty messed up. Definately more like something Brian DePalma would've done back in the day than like some HOSTEL movie.

I know a lot of people were let down by BROKEN EMBRACES, and even I thought it was a step down from the four films that came before it and it felt like somewhat of a rehash of Almodovar's career up to that point. But I would say THE SKIN I LIVE IN takes a lot of the same themes, such as fetishizing of female beauty and male possessiveness, and explores them in a new way and in a film that is tighter and more provocative.
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Re: ¡Almodovar!

Postby SilentScream on Sun Nov 06, 2011 12:26 pm

This seems to have a kinship of sorts with that BERSERKO PULP MASTERPIECE Eyes Without A Face from 1960 - a flick that everyone should see.

I will try and catch this though. Pedro can hardly do NO wrong IMO. Even his lesser movies are still highly watchable and entertaining.

As for (yawn) The Human Centipede...well...it's theme and execution would've been more successful and commerical had the director shown more comical flair and actual talent as a filmmaker. As it was, he took the easy option of LET ME SHOCK YOU! and the result was predictably naff and amatuerish.
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Re: ¡Almodovar!

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Re: ¡Almodovar!

Postby Spandau Belly on Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:57 am

Cool, I really dug his take on the Cronenbergian subgenre with THE SKIN I LIVE IN. I really look forward to what he'll do with a sci-fi film.

And we've got I'M SO EXCITED coming next year.
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Re: ¡Almodovar!

Postby Spandau Belly on Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:32 pm

G@yness takes flight in 2013!

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Re: ¡Almodovar!

Postby Spandau Belly on Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:02 pm

I caught I'M SO EXCITED last night and I would say it's probably the worst film of Almodovar's career (I haven't seen all his films, but most). The plot revolves around an airplane that is circling around in the air because its landing gear is jammed and it will have to make a very risky emergency landing on its belly. For some reason they've drugged the economy class passengers and stewardesses, but the male stewards (who are all flagrant g@y stereotypes) and first class passengers are all still conscious. It seems like it might be a setup for a BREAKFAST CLUB type of movie where all these people from different walks of life are trapped together and bond and share stories and gain insight and grow from the experience, and Almodovar sorta goes for that, but it's all very sloppy and witless. It's like an unfunny g@y version of AIRPLANE! The dialogue is mostly a bunch of worn out g@y clichés and blowjob jokes. They mostly just talk about whether sucking one dick makes you g@y or whether g@ys give better blowjobs than straight women and stuff like that.

The actors all do the best they can blurting out the dialogue. Lola Dueñas has a real knack for seeming oblivious to the stupidness of the things she's saying. The film takes the occasional dramatic tangent, like a well-acted subplot involving Blanca Suárez, who really looks amazing and should be a James Bond girl, and an unrecognizable Paz Vega (I hope she uglied it up for this role, but because she's normally very beautiful).

They all do drugs and drink heavily and the film is obviously working towards a big drunken drug-fueled orgy, but it doesn't really build to that. Nobody ever really seems drunk despite knocking back tequila at a rapid rate, and then they all just get crazy horny instantly.

This film has the rare laugh, but I do think it's a pretty bad film and the worst I've seen from Almodovar.
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Re: ¡Almodovar!

Postby Tyrone_Shoelaces on Thu May 12, 2016 3:38 am

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Re: ¡Almodovar!

Postby Tyrone_Shoelaces on Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:14 pm

There's a bunch of Almodovar stuff on Hulu if you're interested.
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