I was trying to think of a good way to celebrate and advocate for the Pedro Almodovar touring retrospective "Viva Pedro" that Sony Pictures Classics is kicking off on Friday. (I've never been a rabid fan, though I believe Volver -- opening later this year -- is an irresistible joy.) So I was glad to see Reid Rosefelt's recent blog entry, where he engages with the Voice's Michael Atkinson recent piece "A Tale of Two Pedros." I remember when Reid was the publicist on "The Flower of My Secret," "All About My Mother" and "Talk to Her" so he's an ideal person to parse through the filmmaker's work. Except, of course, the filmmaker himself.
One of my favorite movie press notes ever was Almodovar's own for "All About My Mother." A web version is available here and just from the first line of synopsis below, you can detect the writer/director's passion and care for his work:
"A Greek saying states that only women who have washed their eyes with tears can see clearly. This saying does not hold true for Manuela. The night a car ran over her son Esteban, Manuela cried until her eyes ran completely dry. Far from seeing clearly, the present and the future become mixed up in darkness. . ."