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Roxie Theater: Pedro & Antonio: Labyrinth of Passion
October 19, 2019 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Brought to you by RoxCine in anticipation of our run of Pedro Almodóvar’s PAIN & GLORY, starring Antonio Banderas, on November 22.
Pedro and Antonio’s first movie together is a wild screwball comedy set in the liberated atmosphere of early 1980s’ Madrid. Almost an experimental soap opera, it follows the love story of Sexilia (Cecilia Roth), pop star and nymphomaniac, and Riza (Imanol Arias), a gay Middle Eastern prince living incognito. Around this are numerous digressions involving Riza’s stepmother trying to obtain his sperm, a terrorist plot to kidnap Riza complicated by one of the terrorists (Antonio Banderas) falling in love with his target, and a very complicated plan for the two lovers to escape together. Almodóvar himself makes an inspired cameo appearance as a leather clad transvestite pop singer. A piece of wild cult cinema from a burgeoning director discovering his voice.
“Labyrinth of Passion shows off the bright, gaudy visual style, the breezy manner and the exuberant energy that are Mr. Almodovar’s particular virtues.” The New York Times.
A film by Pedro Almodóvar. 1982, 100m, Digital, Spain.