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.


MATADOR
1986, Sony Pictures Classics, 106 min, Spain, Dir: Pedro Almodóvar

Director Pedro Almodóvar’s perverse portrait of serial killers in love. Crippled bullfighter Nacho Martinez finds himself drawn to mesmerizing black widow Assumpta Serna. Antonio Banderas costars as Angel, a young toreador desperate to prove his manhood (and possessed by strange psychic visions). "In Spain, bullfighting is more sacred than God" – Almodóvar.


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