“#1 Film of the Year”—Stephanie Zacharek, Time. Universally rapturous acclaim has greeted Pain & Glory, the “sublime“ (New York Post) new film from Pedro Almodovar (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), like its hero, once on the edgy vanguard of cinema, now in not such a different place, but with at least some of the tempered wisdom of age. “How fitting that Antonio Banderas, 59, is delivering the performance of his career in a movie loosely based on the life of the director who gave him his breakthrough role in 1982’s Labyrinth of Passion. The actor plays Salvador Mallo, a former cinematic enfant terrible who, once upon a time, took on the country’s repressive attitudes. Now in his autumn years, he is longer the renegade who splashed the screen with color and waved the flag for society’s sexual and political outcasts. He’s afflicted with creative paralysis. But a remedy, if there is one, must come from inside….The film is filled with the intimate, indelible moments that made a life. You can feel Almodovar’s passion for cinema in every frame. Pain and Glory is not just his most personal film. It’s also one of his greatest”—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. In Spanish with English subtitles. R. 113 Min.
Dean Allbritton, Associate Professor and Chair of Spanish at Colby, will provide an introduction and lead a discussion following the 7 p.m. screening on Thursday, December 5. Free admission for Colby IDs, all others regular price. Allbritton teaches courses on Spanish cinema and culture. More broadly, he has interests in the fields of illness and disability studies, film theory, contemporary Spanish film, and cultural studies. In the spring, he’ll be teaching a course called “All About Almodovar.”