In anticipation of our run of Pedro Almodóvar’s PAIN & GLORY on November 22, we bring you two of Almodóvar and Banderas’ early works together: LABIRYNTH OF PASSION (1982) & LAW OF DESIRE (1987). Presented by RoxCine.
See either for $13 or both for $17. Free or discounted for members.
Saturday, October 19, 6:45pm
LABYRINTH OF PASSION (Laberinto de pasiones)
Pedro and Antonio’s first movie together is a wild screwball comedy set in the liberated atmosphere of early 1980s’ Madrid. Almost an experimental soap opera, it follows the love story of Sexilia (Cecilia Roth), pop star and nymphomaniac, and Riza (Imanol Arias), a gay Middle Eastern prince living incognito. Around this are numerous digressions involving Riza’s stepmother trying to obtain his sperm, a terrorist plot to kidnap Riza complicated by one of the terrorists (Antonio Banderas) falling in love with his target, and a very complicated plan for the two lovers to escape together. Almodóvar himself makes an inspired cameo appearance as a leather clad transvestite pop singer. A piece of wild cult cinema from a burgeoning director discovering his voice.
“Labyrinth of Passion shows off the bright, gaudy visual style, the breezy manner and the exuberant energy that are Mr. Almodovar’s particular virtues.” The New York Times.
A film by Pedro Almodóvar. 1982, 100m, Digital, Spain.
Tickets for Labyrinth of Passion available here.
Saturday, October 19, 9pm
LAW OF DESIRE (La ley del deseo)
Pedro and Antonio’s international breakout film is a lush, overblown, steamy, tragic-comic murder thriller set in Madrid. It involves a porn director (Eusebio Poncela); his transsexual sister and onetime brother (the wonderful Carmen Maura), whom he casts as the lead in his stage production of Cocteau’s The Human Voice; a devout little girl (Manuela Velasco), whom the sister takes over from her lesbian ex-lover (Bibi Andersen) as her own; the director’s working-class lover (Miguel Molina); and the lover’s neurotic replacement (Antonio Banderas), who causes all the trouble. One of Almodóvar’s most iconic “queer” narratives and a life-affirming joy.
“Almodovar gets away with piling on the most flabbergasting plot developments and baldest coincidences because each development steadfastly reveals so many ruefully amusing truths about human nature.” – LA Times.
A film by Pedro Almodóvar. 1987, 102m, 35mm, Spain. In Spanish with English subtitles.