THE LAW OF DESIRE
LA LEY DEL DESEO
1987, Sony Pictures Classics, 100 min, Dir: Pedro Almodóvar

Almodóvar’s dizzying, polysexual melodrama stars Carmen Maura as a boy-turned-girl with a muy complicated sex life (incest, transvestitism and so on) – until she’s kidnapped by the murderously good-looking lover (heartthrob Antonio Banderas) of her gay pornographer brother (Euse bio Poncela). Banderas’ smoldering presence – and his first man-on-man screen kiss – made him a gay icon worldwide.


ARREBATO
RAPTURE
1979, 105 min, Spain, Dir: Iván Zulueta

This brooding cult masterpiece focuses on drug-addicted Madrid director José Sirgado (Eusebio Poncela), who is trying to finish his vampire movie when he gets a package from fellow filmmaker Pedro P. (Will More); the audiovisual materials it contains lead José on a one-way trip down a hallucinatory rabbit hole. Co-starring Almodóvar favorite Cecilia Roth, ARREBATO is loaded with symbolism, and one of the few films to truly capture the mesmerizing nature of cinema.


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