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All About My Mother

Pedro Almodóvar’s challenging films shouldn’t be only for his dedicated fans: nobody mixes genuine human compassion with world-class filmmaking as well as he … while maintaining a marvelous sense of humor, of human proportion. This 1999 effort is perhaps Pedro’s strongest drama, and yet another heartfelt endorsement of womankind. For the life-beleaguered Manuela, tragedy and melodramatic setbacks only bring out a primal determination to heal all wounds.

All About My Mother

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1999 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 101 min. / Todo sobre mi madre / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 28, 2020 / 39.95

Starring: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan, Penélope Cruz, Rosa María Sardá, Toni Cantó, Eloy Azorín, Carlos Lozano.

Cinematography: Affonso Beato

Film Editor: José Salcedo

Original Music: Alberto Iglesias

Produced by Augustín Almodóvar

Written and Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

My descriptions of this movie can’t convey what a warm, moving, and even funny experience it is.
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Antonio Banderas movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Antonio Banderas movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
It took a while, but Antonio Banderas finally earned his first Oscar nomination for “Pain and Glory.” Where does this deeply personal outing from frequent collaborator Pedro Almodovar fall in with the rest of his filmography? Take a tour through our photo gallery of Banderas’ 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best.

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Banderas made his film debut over three decades ago in 1982, in Almodovar’s “Labyrinth of Passion.” The actor would become a frequent leading man for the Spanish auteur, later appearing in such films as “Matador” (1986), “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988), “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” (1990), “The Skin I Live In” (2011) and “I’m So Excited!” (2013).

He made his English-language acting debut with “The Mambo Kings” (1992) a decade after his first film with Almodovar. His performances in “Evita” (1996) and “The Mask of Zorro” (1998) brought him Golden Globe
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Antonio Banderas movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

  • Gold Derby
Antonio Banderas movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
It took a while, but Antonio Banderas finally earned his first Oscar nomination for “Pain and Glory.” Where does this deeply personal outing from frequent collaborator Pedro Almodovar fall in with the rest of his filmography? Take a tour through our photo gallery of Banderas’ 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Banderas made his film debut over three decades ago in 1982, in Almodovar’s “Labyrinth of Passion.” The actor would become a frequent leading man for the Spanish auteur, later appearing in such films as “Matador” (1986), “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988), “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” (1990), “The Skin I Live In” (2011) and “I’m So Excited!” (2013).

He made his English-language acting debut with “The Mambo Kings” (1992) a decade after his first film with Almodovar. His performances in “Evita” (1996) and “The Mask of Zorro” (1998) brought him Golden Globe nominations for Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor. He reaped a
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The 15 Best Film Performances By Actors in 2019

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The 15 Best Film Performances By Actors in 2019
There was a moment in film history when male actors adhered to the traditional expectations of stardom: Masculine swagger, overconfidence, chiseled good lucks that dare not reveal a sensitive side. Based on this year’s greatest performances, that time is gone for good. Many of the best male lead performances of the year revealed fragile, insecure characters grappling with the changing world around them, even if many of them came from movie stars.

This time last year, there were a lot of famous actors in the spotlight. The world was swooning over Bradley Cooper’s tragic rock star Jackson Maine in “A Star Is Born” while Rami Malek overcame the controversies of “Bohemian Rhapsody” to become an Oscar frontrunner. At the same time, cinephiles celebrated one of Ethan Hawke’s greatest performances in “First Reformed” and Steven Yeun’s progression into a major acting talent with Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning.
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Palm Springs Festival to Honor Antonio Banderas for ‘Pain and Glory’

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Palm Springs Festival to Honor Antonio Banderas for ‘Pain and Glory’
The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honoring Antonio Banderas with its International Star Award for his work in “Pain and Glory.”

The festival will present Banderas with the award on Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs Jan. 2-13.

Banderas stars in “Pain and Glory” as film director who has seen better days. He won the best actor award in May at the Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered.

“Throughout his career Antonio Banderas has garnered international acclaim and world recognition from his memorable performances,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film ‘Pain and Glory,’ Antonio Banderas gives another deeply moving performance as aging film director Salvador Mallo going through a creative crisis as he reflects on the choices he’s made throughout his life.”

Past recipients of the International Star Award include Javier Bardem, Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren, Gary Oldman and Saoirse Ronan.
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Antonio Banderas to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Munich Film Festival

Antonio Banderas to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Munich Film Festival
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas will receive this year's CineMerit award for lifetime achievement at the Munich International Film Festival.

Banderas began his film career in the 1980s together with Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and films such as Labyrinth of Passion (1982), Matador (1986) and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989).

He went to Hollywood in the 1990s, starring in such features as Philadelphia (1993), Interview With the Vampire (1994) and Roberto Rodriguez‘s Desperado (1995), which made him a bona fide action star.

The 58-year-old actor is arguably best known for his role as the hero in Martin Campbell's The Mask of Zorro ...
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Pedro Almodóvar Wants Sexier Marvel Movies and Superhero Films: ‘They Are Neutered’

Pedro Almodóvar Wants Sexier Marvel Movies and Superhero Films: ‘They Are Neutered’
Pedro Almodóvar is one of cinema’s all-time great sensual filmmakers and a director who has committed his career to bringing all types of sexuality to the big screen. No wonder the Spanish legend is not interested in the sexless Marvel Cinematic Universe. Catching up with Vulture during Film at Lincoln Center’s 50th anniversary gala, Almodóvar expressed disappointment with the superhero genre draining the sexuality out of its characters.

“Here, perhaps, there is a kind of self-censorship that doesn’t allow the writers to write other kinds of stories,” Almodóvar said. “There are many, many movies about superheroes. And sexuality doesn’t exist for superheroes. They are neutered. There is an unidentified gender, the adventure is what’s important. You can find, among independent movies, more of this sexuality. The human being has such sexuality! I get the feeling that in Europe, in Spain, that I have much more
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‘Dolor y Gloria’ First Trailer: Pedro Almodóvar Directs His Own ‘8½’ With Banderas and Cruz

‘Dolor y Gloria’ First Trailer: Pedro Almodóvar Directs His Own ‘8½’ With Banderas and Cruz
Pedro Almodóvar returns to his sensual tricks in the first trailer for his new directional effort, “Dolor y Gloria.” The movie reunites the legendary Spanish director with two of his most high profile collaborators: Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz.

Taking inspiration from Federico Fellini’s “,” “Dolor y Gloria” centers on an aging filmmaker who looks back at the pivotal figures from his life. A synopsis released when the film began production mentioned these figures will include “first loves, second loves, the mother, mortality, an actor with whom the director worked, the ’60s, the ’80s, current times, and the emptiness, a sense of incommensurate emptiness, caused by the inability to go on making films.”

Banderas stars as the fictional director Salvador Mallo in the present, while Almodóvar incorporates a flashback structure to depict the most pivotal moments from Mallo’s life. The supporting cast includes Asier Etxeandia, Julieta Serrano, and Leonardo Sbaraglia.
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Almodovar Dominates European Film Awards

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Almodovar Dominates European Film Awards
Spanish director Pedro Almodovar dominated the 2002 European Film Awards on Saturday night - with his acclaimed drama Talk To Her being named Best Film. The All About My Mother filmmaker was also awarded the Best Director award for the controversial film, which centers on a male nurse's love for his comatose patient. The 51-year-old said at the ceremony, held at Rome's Parco Della Musica, "I give thanks to the public. Without them none of this would have been possible. It is important to know that someone else is moved by my work." The ensemble cast of 8 Women, including Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Beart and Fanny Ardant, shared the European Actress awards, while Italian Sergio Castellitto picked up the Best Actor awards for his performances in Mostly Martha and The Religion Hour (My Mother's Smile). Victoria Abril, star of Almodovar's 1990 film Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! among many others, won the award for Achievement in World Cinema, while Blowup screenwriter Tonino Guerra, won the Lifetime Achievement prize.

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