Thank you Sony Pictures Classics. Let's just start right there.
A couple days ago, I received one of those large advertisement postcards in the mail. You know the kind -- the ones that usually are offering some discount on a Broadway show or subscription to a magazine. Well, this one was from Sony Classics announcing "Viva Pedro": the rerelease of eight of Pedro Almodóvar's films, all leading up to the November theatrical release of his latest, Volver.
I'll admit ... I was late to becoming an Almodóvar fan, not because I didn't like his films but rather, until a few years ago, I hadn't really seen them. That's no longer the case, and I now marvel at his work, relishing whatever I've seen. It has been harder to catch-up recently because videos of his films have been in moratorium, I suppose in prepartion for this series which will undoubtedly lead to DVD releases of all, maybe even in a handy little box set.
But in the mean time, I will certainly be taking advantage of the opportunity to see each of these films on the big(ish) screen at the Lincoln Plaza. I t looks like they each will receive two-week runs, beginning today with the 1988 film which proved to be the director's breakthrough in this country, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
If you're not in New York, check the vivapedro.com website as the series will be traveling around the country and not limited to us lucky souls (or those rather unlucky ones who live in LA).