Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021

Two women meet in a maternity ward and their lives become inextricably linked in Pedro Almodóvar's gentle but penetrating "Parallel Mothers." 

It's a film that on one level plays like a melodrama, with wild twists and turns fitting of soap opera cliffhangers. But there is something deeper...

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021

Pedro Almodóvar has a theory that his films with male protagonists, like his autobiographical 2019 film "Pain and Glory," are darker and more somber. 

"I look inside myself when I talk about male characters," says Almodóvar. 

"Parallel Mothers," which Sony Pictures Classics begins...

Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021

Visitors to Venice could be forgiven for not realizing that beyond the majesty of St. Mark's Square and the romance of gondola rides lies a city that centuries ago helped provide a baseline of what the world knows today about containing pandemics.

It was here that the term "quarantine"...

Monday, Jul. 26, 2021

The Venice International Film Festival unveiled a starry lineup of world premieres for September — including Pablo Larrain's "Spencer," starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, and Ridley Scott's medieval drama "The Last Duel," featuring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Adam Driver. 

The...

Wednesday, Jul. 7, 2021

"I got one thing to say before I sit down," said Spike Lee during the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony. "I wish I could speak French like Jodie Foster!"

In the first two days of Cannes, one thing everyone can agree on is that Jodie Foster really speaks terrific French. On Tuesday,...

Friday, Mar. 12, 2021

Pedro Almodóvar exposed all his vulnerability in the semi-autobiographical film "Pain and Glory." Now he returns his focus to women not only with the short film "The Human Voice," an Oscar hopeful that arrives this week in the United States, but with an upcoming movie that reunites him with his...

Friday, Sep. 4, 2020

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has joined a chorus of voices at the Venice Film Festival urging the reopening of movie theaters and a return to cinema normality after coronavirus lockdowns, saying films are meant to be seen on the big screen, not at home. 

Directors and actors alike...

Friday, Oct. 4, 2019

Pedro Almodóvar is a master of cinema who has found international acclaim with 21 films he's shot in his native Spain. Now he's setting his sights on making his first film in North America.

Almodóvar said the film is set in Texas and would be mostly in English, with some bilingual scenes...

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019

“Don’t get that storyteller look,” film director Salvador Mallo’s elderly mother admonishes him at one point in “Pain and Glory.” It’s hard not to chuckle, because the character is a thinly veiled stand-in for Pedro Almodovar himself _ the film’s director, of course, but also one of the great...

Monday, May. 20, 2019

Pedro Almodovar's "Pain and Glory" is a self-portrait of rare precision and warm intimacy. It stars Antonio Banderas as Salvador Mallo, a famous aging filmmaker, hobbled by physical ailments, who lives in a Madrid apartment reproduced from Almodovar's own, right down to the books on the shelves...

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