SERIES AT A GLANCE
All shows $9.50 general admission, $7.50 w/college ID; $6.50 seniors & children under 12. All shows before 5:00 PM are $7.50 bargain matinees.

Thu 7/24 Double Feature!
Volver
2:15, 7:00
Talk To Her
4:45, 9:30

Thu 7/31 Bad Education
2:45, 5:00, 7:15

Thu 8/7 All About My Mother
3:00, 5:00, 7:00 ticket symbol

Thu 8/14Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown
5:30, 7:30, 9:30

Thu 8/21 Double Feature!
Live Flesh
2:45, 7:15
Flower Of My Secret
5:00, 9:30

Thu 8/28 Double Feature!
Law Of Desire
3:00, 7:30
Matador
5:15, 9:45
Repertory Series
Viva Pedro!
Thursdays, July 24 - August 28, 2008

Featuring the films of Pedro Almodóvar.

FILM DESCRIPTIONS:
top of pageThu 7/24 at 2:15, 7:00 Double Feature w/TALK TO HER
Volver ticket symbol
(2006) dir Pedro Almodovar Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Yohana Cobo [121 min]

The latest award-winning film from the fantastic Spanish director, Pedro Alodovar, continues his present trend of downplaying the comedy and sex of his earlier films and playing the melodrama straight – well, almost straight. In this film, Cruz plays Raimunda, a woman trying to support her wayward husband and teenage daughter, who gets some unexpected assistance from the playful ghost of her dead mother. An extremely charming paean to female power and the strength of family.

Original Theatrical Trailer
top of pageThu 7/24 at 4:45, 9:30Double Feature w/VOLVER
Talk To Her ticket symbol
(2002) dir Pedro Almodovar Javier Camara, Dario Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Rosario Flores, Geraldine Chaplin [112 min]

TALK TO HER explores themes of hope, faith, friendship and unexpected love from the perspective of two men who meet in a hospital where their lovers lie in comas. Marco is a reporter whose bullfighting girlfriend has recently been gored by a bull. Benigno is a nurse whose only patient is a young ballerina who has been in a coma for four years. He is in love with her but they have never met. Almodovar is not blind to the slightly kinky nature of these relationships, but he also knows about the unpredictability of love and life.

Read the Brattle Theatre Film Notes for TALK TO HER

Original Theatrical Trailer
top of pageThu 7/31 at 2:45, 5:00, 7:15Bad Education ticket symbol
(2004) dir Pedro Almodovar Gael Garcia Bernal, Fele Martinez, Daniel Gimenez Cacho [106 min]

"A delirious, headlong immersion and re-invention of film noir, a style that has lured countless film makers onto its treacherous shoals. Mr. Almodovar, unlike other filmmakers who lose their bearings, fully understands the degree to which the genre is synonymous with fantasy and a primal longing for the forbidden. The coup de grace of BAD EDUCATION, which ricochets back and forth between 1964 and 1980, with a finale set mostly in 1977, is that here the femme fatale is a predatory transsexual named Ignacio. Once a beautiful boy soprano, he/she was abused by a priest, the principal in his Catholic boys school. As the film deepens and the characters' mistaken and multiple identities accumulate, the priest returns from the past in a new, desperate guise. BAD EDUCATION contemplates the wonder of storytelling itself and the human instinct to embroider reality to make the tales we tell more real and conclusive, if less strictly factual. It insists that stories, the stories within stories, and the fantasies they crystallize, are the best (and maybe the only) tools at our disposal for making sense of it all.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Original Theatrical Trailer (Spanish)
top of pageThu 8/7All About My Mother ticket symbol
(1999) dir Pedro Almodovar Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Penelope Cruz, Antonia San Juan [101 min]

This brilliant film was the deserving winner of the Best Foreign Film award at the 2000 Academy Awards. It tells the story of a woman’s transformation after the death of her son, of her journey back in time to face the ghosts of her past, and her search for outlets for her mothering instincts. ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER is the first of Almodovar’s recent films to really exhibit his refinement as a director. So distinct from his earlier films that it clearly signifies a new era in his directing and writing.

top of pageThu 8/14Women On The Edge Of A Nervous Breakdown ticket symbol
(1988) dir Pedro Almodovar Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julietta Serrano [90 min]

The breakthrough, international hit that truly launched Almodovar into the spotlight, WOMEN ON THE VERGE is a terrific farce about love, loss, secrets and the adverse affects of a big batch of spiked gazpacho.

top of pageThu 8/21Double Feature w/FLOWER OF MY SECRET
Live Flesh ticket symbol
(1997) dir Pedro Almodovar Javier Bardem, Francesca Neri, Liberto Rabal, Angela Molina, Jose Sencho [103 min]

When he is sent to prison, Victor (Rabal) unknowingly becomes a catalyst for a young cop (Bardem), the seasoned partner, his philandering wife, and the diplomat’s daughter who put him there. Years later he emerges, still young, to discover their lives transformed while his has grown stagnant. Haunted by anger, Victor seeks revenge. A typically tragic-comic tale of revenge, redemption, hope and the ways of fate from Almodovar.

Original Theatrical Trailer
top of pageThu 8/21 at 5:00, 9:30Double Feature w/LIVE FLESH
Flower Of My Secret ticket symbol
(1995) dir Pedro Almodovar Marisa Paredes, Joaquin Cortes [103 min]

Paredes is terrific in this portrait of a successful romance writer on the verge of a breakdown. With a mostly absent military-man husband and a stagnant career weighing on her back, she’ll try anything to change her life. Prime Douglas Sirk tribute by the modern master of melodrama.

Original Theatrical Trailer
top of pageThu 8/28Double Feature w/MATADOR
Law Of Desire ticket symbol
(1987) dir Pedro Almodovar Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas [102 min]

Almodovar’s early formula has always been pretty obvious: take the melodrama of Douglas Sirk, pump up the camp, sex and comedy and come up with some of the freshest filmmaking of the past quarter century. The Almodovar formula is in full force as this tale of the life and loves of Pablo, a successful film director, which swings from crime thriller to romance to X-rated soap opera. Considered by many to be the pinnacle of early Almodovar, don’t miss this rare screening!

top of pageThu 8/28 at 5:15, 9:45Double Feature w/LAW OF DESIRE
Matador ticket symbol
(1986) dir Pedro Almodovar Antonio Banderas, Nacho Martinez, Assumpta Serna [110 min]

A young and hunky Antonio Banderas co-stars in this insistently raffish, blackly humorous, surrealist sex comedy about the impossibility of love between two people obsessed with killing – and the innocent man stuck in the middle.

Original Theatrical Trailer (Spanish)

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