Monday, June 23, 2008

Law of Desire (La Ley del deseo)

Monday, June 23, 1:45 pm, Castro Theatre

Law of Desire wasn't director Pedro Almodóvar's first feature film by a longshot, but it is the one that brought him to the attention of a wider American audience, in large part thanks to Michael Lumpkin and Frameline. It also brought actor Antonio Banderas to our screens, long before he became fluent in English. The story is almost as crazy as Banderas' character, a stalker obsessed with Pablo Quintero, a gay filmmaker. (Hmm, I wonder who that could represent...) The wonderful Carmen Maura, one of the director's favorite actors, plays Pablo's MtF sister. Throw in a few other of Almodóvar's signature "crazy but somehow still functional" characters, and you have a classic. MUST SEE

A few of my favorite Almodóvar films: What Have I Done to Deserve This?, Dark Habits, Volver, Bad Education, Labyrinth of Passion [22yo Antonio Banderas playing a gay Islamic terrorist in 1982!]

Law of Desire (La Ley del deseo), dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 1987 Spain 102 min., in Spanish with English subtitles

available on DVD

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