Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) Carmen Maura gives a defining performance in Pedro Almodóvar’s Spanish screwball comedy. Inspired by Jean Cocteau’s La Voix Humaine, the film reveals a ‘new woman’ of the Post-Franco generation, someone who, like Pepa, caught in a whirlwind of passionate breakup, takes control of her life, and, … More Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Stalker (1979)

  Stalker (1979) Out of a catastrophic and troubled production, involving re-shoots due to loss of footage, Andrei Tarkovsky , under the pretext of making a science fiction film, documented the deteriorating state of the Soviet Union. In this quest film, the Writer and the Scientist hire the Stalker to take them into the Zone … More Stalker (1979)

Zeitgeist

Zeitgeist     Welcome to the becoming.   Pale green Afros burnish trees.   There is so much water beneath The sand, it could be another island.   Sometimes seeing the world upside down Helps the sun go where it belongs.   Blood flows to the volcano at the center Of the earth, a hive … More Zeitgeist

Frida (2002)

Frida (2002) “In the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution, the country’s artists forged a new painterly vocabulary, which fused European modernism with local folkloric traditions, and became a global phenomenon.” After years of problems getting this screenplay produced, Julie Taymor was hired to direct this biopic based on a biography of Frida Kahlo. Selma Hayek … More Frida (2002)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)  Luis Buñuel collaborates with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière to define ‘haute bourgeoisie‘ as the inability to finish a meal without being interrupted. Minor characters recount dreams and memories; the bourgeoisie deal cocaine, commit adultery, and invite terrorism; what’s real all depends on who is dreaming whom. Propriety and its … More The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Myra Breckinridge (1970)

Myra Breckinridge (1970) Granted full control over this adaptation of Gore Vidal’s vicious satire, Michael Sarne made a “degradation” film, a 70s genre where famous actors degrade themselves by playing the parts assigned. Caught between the resurrected body of Mae West and the sexy Raquel Welsh, Sarne lost control. Rex Reed said afterwards, “This was … More Myra Breckinridge (1970)