Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almovodar’s movies at the Loft in January

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“This January, The Loft celebrates wildly-subversive Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, whose bold, colorful and riotously funny films almost single-handedly put Spanish cinema on the world map in the 1980s and ‘90s.

“Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness.” – Pedro Almodóvar

Mixing together drag queens, nymphomaniacs, drug-addicted nuns, homicidal bullfighters, pornographers, punk rockers and more, Almodóvar gleefully concocted a delirious carnival of style, politics and unhinged sexuality unlike anyone before him in comedies like What Have I Done to Deserve This? and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.  Born in 1951 in La Mancha, the young Almodóvar gorged himself on a non-stop diet of florid Hollywood melodramas and Catholic school teachings – both of which would become major influences on his career as a filmmaker.   Moving to Madrid in the early ‘70s, he worked as a telephone operator before gaining a growing reputation in the Madrid underground for his scandalously funny comic books and short stories, as well as his infamous Super-8mm shorts with titles like Two Whores and The Fall of Sodom.   Playfully destroying stereotypical gender roles and conventional notions of good taste, Almodóvar’s early feature films, with their wild comedy and shocking excess, introduced the world to his singular sensibility, and a decades-long love affair between director and audience was born.    With his more recent films, including the Oscar-winning dramas All About My Mother and Talk to HerFlower of My Secret and Volver, Almodóvar (long one of cinema’s greatest champions of complex female characters) has combined the perverse brilliance of his earlier years with a profound, often heartbreaking understanding of the depth of human emotions.  The Loft Cinema proudly pays tribute to the one-and-only Pedro Almodóvar with a selection of some of his best and most defining films. “

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Jan. 6  All About my Mother
 
Jan. 13  Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
 
Jan. 20  Talk to Her
 
Jan. 27 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

All films will be showing at 7 p.m,. at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. in Tucson.   Regular admission prices.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).