01 August 2006

¡Viva Pedro!

Thanks to Brad for the info. Sony Pictures are planning a series of travelling Pedro Almodóvar films across the US, likely timed just before their release of his latest, Cannes-winning Volver. The films will include All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre), Talk to Her (Hable con ella), Bad Education (La mala educación), Live Flesh (Carne trémula), The Flower of My Secret (La flor de mi secreto), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios), Law of Desire (La ley del deseo), and Matador. Though a subsequent DVD box set release will probably be store, I would strongly suggest that you check out, at the very least, Law of Desire and Matador, both of which terribly difficult to find on VHS and likely remastered, cleaned up, and resubtitled. Sadly missing from the list is one of his more uproarious and underappreciated comedies, Kika. You can find What Have I Done to Deserve This? (¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!!) and Dark Habits (Entre tinieblas) on DVD from Wellspring and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (¡Átame!), though out of print, from Anchor Bay. Labyrinth of Passion (Laberinto de pasiones) and Pepi, Luci, Bom (Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón) remain to be the unreleased of his filmography. Pedro also has taken the title of director with the most NC-17 rated films (as both Matador and Law of Desire have been rated for the rerelease, along with Kika, Bad Education, and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, sorry John Waters). For more information, visit the Sony Pictures website here. And if you just can't get enough Pedro, Regent Releasing will be releasing Queens (Reinas) in theatres next month, starring three iconic Almodóvar actresses: Carmen Maura, Marisa Paredes, and Verónica Forqué.

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