Screening of "Bad Education"

  • March 9, 2014 · 6:00 PM
  • Bill's condo

Bad Education   2004  Spain   

Gay Spanish director, Pedro Almodóvar, burst onto the international film scene in 1988 with “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” a clever, campy black comedy.  He followed it with “Tie me up! Tie me down!" and “High Heels."  Like other 'auteur' directors, he often works with the same actors, among them Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. 

"La mala educación" takes place both in and out of the gay culture of Spain in the 1980’s but the story begins years earlier.  In the 1960s, two boys - Ignacio and Enrique - discover love, movies and gay fear in a Christian boarding school.  Father Manolo, the school principal and Literature teacher, both witnesses and takes part in these discoveries.  These three characters come up against one another twice again, in the late 70s and in the 1980’s.  The results are emotionally explosive. 

The movie is a heady mix of Gays, drag queens and “casting couch” sex in Spain’s movie industry - not to mention the government’s complicity with the Church in alter boy molestations.  Stylistically, “Bad Education” is a gay, hypnotic mix of “Vertigo,” “Memento,” and “Mullholland Drive.”  Reality and fantasy interweave with such ease it's difficult to separate one from the other.  And, like Todd Haynes’ very gay “Far from Heaven,” it features a rich, retro, symphonic musical score à la Bernard Herrmann.

Amazon review:  “A disturbing film that challenges the viewer's comfort. It also challenges you to keep up as it jumps from comedy to romance to drama to film-noir thriller.”

Rotten Tomatoes (88% rating): “A layered, wonderfully-acted and passionate drama.  It exerts an uncanny power: Like the best of Almodóvar's work, it throws you a sucker punch that will stagger your heart, mind, and soul.”

In Spanish with English subtitles

Please arrive at 6:00p for drinks, snacks & socializing followed by Chinese food dinner (with vegetarian choices).  Wine brought by guests is always welcome.

$10 donation for dinner & soft drinks

Movie starts at 7:00p 1 hour, 45 min.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Totally Almodó with much black humor. Wonderful film!

    March 9, 2014

  • David

    FANTASTIC! What plot twists!

    March 9, 2014

  • Gary H

    trailer tease

    Bad Education- Epic film by Almodovar Trailer

    March 9, 2014

  • Al H.

    Sorry about the late change but I am developing a pretty nasty cold and don't to be a Typhoid Mary.

    March 9, 2014

  • Gary H

    I've changed my status. I'm going. The viewing event for Cosmos is 8:30. Way too late for me, and getting back through the Sepulveda pass at night is unpredictable and sometimes inpossible with all the deconstruction. Almador's films fascinate me. Sorry the the late change back to Yes. - Gary

    March 8, 2014

  • Bill W.

    Thanks, Gary. I, too, am super excited about "Cosmos" and very much looking forward to the series . Great article about it and Neal Tyson in today's paper. My DVR will be recording it while we watch "Education."

    March 8, 2014

  • Gary H

    Pedro Pedro Almodóvar is a wonderful story teller of complex characters that challenge the assumptions of the bifurcated paradigm of male or female.. Unfortunately I'll have to miss t his one. I'm committed to a "New Cosmos" viewing party. thank you for keeping me on the list. - Gary

    March 8, 2014

  • michael

    As much as I would love to see this with all of you, my mother's 90th birthday celebration is that evening and I think I'd better show up!

    January 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Actually, Almodóvar's international reputation started a year earlier (1987) with the release of "Law of Desire", with the delectable Antonio Banderas giving us the treat of his naked beauty, as well as his acting ability. But "Bad Education" also gave us Bernal, in all HIS beauty and talent, as well.

    January 27, 2014

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