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Law Of Desire [DVD]

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  • Actors: Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Miguel Molina, Manuela Velasco
  • Directors: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Producers: Miguel Angel Perez Campos
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Dec. 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2FCRE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,216 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Spanish comedy drama written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Antonio Banderas stars as Antonio Benítez, the obsessive fan of gay film-maker Pablo Quintero (Eusebio Poncela), who becomes infatuated with him following the release of his latest movie. After learning Pablo is in love with Juan (Miguel Molina), Antonio tracks Juan down and kills him in a jealous rage. When Pablo learns of Juan's sudden death he is distraught and crashes his car following a run-in with the police who want to question him over the crime. Waking up in hospital with amnesia, Pablo is nursed back to health by his transsexual sister Tina (Carmen Maura). However, when he discovers Antonio is posing as Tina's new lover in an attempt to get close to him, Pablo faces a race against time to get to him before Tina gets hurt.

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This was the film that established Almodovar's reputation abroad, and it has to be said it is a very daring melodrama shot with great verve. The story is tightly wrought, passions ride high, it is very homoerotic, and has a brilliant performance from Carmen Maura as the transsexual Tina, looking after the daughter of her lesbian lover, played by a transgender actor. This is just one of many playful meanings the film has, and it is beautifully shot, very Eighties in terms of clothes and lighting, interiors, the music played in clubs. the prevalence of pornographic comics, even. Every shot is exquisitely set up and lit, and the material is so strong, having a magnificent story to tell which builds and builds, and many passing pleasures along the way. Two standout moments are: Tina going into the church where she had sung as a boy, only to find the priest who implicitly had abused her at the organ, to which she sings along like a penitent Magdalene in full makeup and sexy clothes, painted nails etc - a moment of sheer fabulousness - and the famous scene where she is hosed down in the street and goes ecstatic as the jet of water is directed at her. But Eusebio Poncela is also very fine as the main character Pablo, a gentle film director whose films are a bit pornographic, but is sweetness itself, his lover Juan, another touching but sexually conflicted figure filled in in few brush strokes, and the obsessed Antonio, played by Antonio Banderas, who spends half the film is his underpants and looks very good like this, as well as having a number of steamy scenes the like of which you'd never see in Hollywood. It's not just a question of explicitness; the whole screen is suffused with an erotic charge right from the daring opening scene.Read more ›
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It's always a bit nerve racking when you buy a movie that you remember from many years ago, and thought was excellent. This one doesn't disappoint at all: excellent script, top drawer performances by everyone, and a superb restoration. Buy it!
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This is basically a gay film, but should be seen by everyone interested in great film making. After a somewhat lightweight, frothy start, the film develops into something very much darker, with fine performances from the leads - particularly Antonio Banderas, who becomes increasingly menacing as it progresses. The picture and sound quality are very good. As an English speaker, I want to have the subtitles but - for world-wide distribution - surely it's best to give the customers the choice, rather than having them constantly on view.

If you like Almodovar's work, you won't be disappointed by this.
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One of the greatest gay movies ever made. Of all the gay movie rubbish out there this is one to buy.
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The Law of Desire (1987) is the first film Pedro Almodóvar made under the umbrella of his own production company El Deseo. Deseo means “desire” in Spanish and we should note carefully the title of this film. The meanings are multiple, but first of all this is the film where Almodóvar starts to bottle the wild transgressive ingredients of his first five features within the organized confines of genre. It imposes law and order on the punk Movida Madrileña excesses of Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980) and Labyrinth of Desire (1982), the Catholic satire of Dark Habits (1983), the bizarre neo-realist slice of life social conscience of What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984) and the bull-fighting sexual machismo of Matador (1986). All of these films amount to an attack on the patriarchal values of old Francoism and a robust celebration of freedoms repressed by 40 years of fascism.

From The Law of Desire onwards the attack and celebration continues, but the point is sharper, more disciplined and more mature. The effect is devastatingly brilliant in the first 3 films made by El Deseo which amount to a ‘Trilogy of Desire’ (my title). Fundamentally postmodern by inclination, Almodóvar treats the subject through a pastiche of different genres which is different in each film. The one constant genre is melodrama, but in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990) this is refracted through romantic comedy, horror and the hostage thriller. In Women on a Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) melodrama is merged with comedy, farce and elements of Hitchcock. In The Law of Desire we have melodrama filtered through a delirious mixture of love comedy, porno, psycho thriller and detective murder mystery.
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Law of Desire builds gently, with great charm, humour and care in introducing us to a cast of very engaging and sympathetically flawed characters... and then a murder propels us into a mesmerising and unforgettable 2nd half which is as utterly believable as it is unpredictable. This is one of the greatest gay movies ever made, but I urge straight people to watch it in earnest if they want to see a brilliant film about real people, not stereotypes of either the positive or negative variety, and a story told with authenticity and freshness. The performances are uniformly excellent and Almodovar's direction has a lightness of touch and the simplicity and lack of pretension for which he is rightly renowned. I couldn't praise or recommend it highly enough. Just see it.
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