Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:


The theme for August is  “ Pedro Almodovar– A Perspective of his films (1988-2013)”


Well, my goodness, July is almost burned itself out, and the Film Club’s vacation month will then be over. Hopefully, many of you, like myself, enjoyed some vacation adventures ( I was in Alaska ).

Join the Tacoma Film Club this Friday, August 2, 2013 for the screening of director Pedro Almodovar’s early hits, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (1988). Almodovar has become the most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Bunuel. He became a Pop sensation in Madrid in the 70’s, shooting underground short films in 16 mm, and becoming a Pop Star cabaret singer. Franco had closed the film schools, so he taught himself how to do it. From 1974-1980 he shot 11 short films that made him immensely popular. From 1980 onward he directed 21 feature films. Some of my favorites were TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! (1990), ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER  (1999), BAD EDUCATION (2004), VOLVER (2006), and THE SKIN I LIVE IN (2011). 


Almodovar has been quoted as saying, “Cinema has become my life. I do not mean a parallel world–I mean life itself. I sometimes have the impression that daily reality is simply there to provide more material for my next film.”

The musical score for the film was written by Bernardo Bonezzi, who composed scores for 54 films, including several Almodovar features like LABYRINTH OF PASSION (1982), and MATADOR (1986).


The cinematography for the film was done by Jose Luis Alcaine, who has lensed 146 films since 1965 including most of Almodovar’s movies, plus many others including BELLE EPOQUE (1992), IN PRAISE OF OLDER WOMEN (1997), THE DANCER UPSTAIRS (2002), and MY LIFE IN RUINS (2009). 

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Written & Directed by Pedro Almodovar @ 90 minutes

The film is starring Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano, and Maria Barranco.


Synopsis: This is a zany farce about a woman searching for why her lover left her without a word. Meanwhile her girlfriend is ducking the police because her boyfriend is a criminal. They contact a lawyer who turns out to be the ex-lover’s latest paramour–and all their paths keep crossing.

Tagline: A new comedy about someone you know.

This film was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Bafta as the Best Foreign Film of the year.


TRIVIA:  Almodovar’s personal relationship with actress Carmen Maura was seriously damaged during the “living hell” filming. It took them 18 years to get over it, and work together again.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a Critics rating of 89%, and an Audience rating of 87%.

Nick Schager wrote, “ It is an exuberant comedy of manners doubly drunk on its own outlandish melodrama.”

Rob Thomas of CAPITAL TIMES wrote, “This is the gold standard for all the rest of Almodovar’s screwball farces.”

Michael Wilmingon of the CHICAGO TIMES wrote, “ It is a terrific feminist comedy with real bite; it always brings the house down.,”

Rita Kempley of the WASHINGTON POST wrote, “This is painless sexual politics, a fiendish comedy full of prickles and pains, and the bright shiny pinks of a matador’s cape.”


So be sure to mark your personal calendars for Friday, August 2, 2013, and attend the Tacoma Film Club screening of the hilarious WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (1988) held at the Center for Spiritual Living, located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of Division and J Street, across from Group Health hospital. Arrive early, around 6:15 p.m., and join some of us for fellowship downstairs in the newly remodeled kitchen. It is permitted and appreciated for folks to bring snacks and beverages, including wine, to share with others–but keep in mind there is a policy that prevents us from taking food or drink upstairs into the sanctuary to watch the movie. Please clean up the kitchen area before going upstairs. There will be a donation box upstairs to help the Club with the rent and other expenses. The movie runs 90 minutes in length. It will screen at about 7:15 p.m., and should be completed by a little after 9 p.m.. See you at the movies!





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