Labyrinth of Passion1982
Labyrinth of Passion (1982)
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Critic Reviews for Labyrinth of Passion
Almodovar sends up Freudian seriousness in regard to sex hilariously and even appears (in drag) in front of the camera singing a couple of raunchy songs.
A glamorous clash of frocks and jocks (and jocks in frocks) in a Madrid peopled by drug-takers, pop stars, wannabes, terrorists and sex maniacs.
[Labyrinth of Passion]...shows off the bright, gaudy visual style, the breezy manner and the exuberant energy that are Mr. Almodovar's particular virtues.
An early and rather choice effort from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.
Though coarser and cheaper than Almodovar's later efforts, this comic orgy is prototypically Pedrovian.
Almodovar (who has a cameo as a leather-jacketed transvestite rock singer) has already learned (somewhat) how to pull off such a difficult act, by treating the potentially offensive with such cartoonish abandon that it becomes ridiculous to take offense.
Audience Reviews for Labyrinth of Passion
Pedro Almodovar began to find his style with his second feature "Labyrinth of Passion." His direction is a bit shaky, and he hasn't quite figured out yet how to pace and edit a large-cast, multi-subplot film. The many characters aren't easy to keep straight (pun intended), but their interwoven adventures manage to loosely coalesce by the end. There's something to offend everyone here: casual incest, flamboyant homosexuality, transsexuality, drugs, nymphomania, artificial insemination and possibly the most disgusting poop joke ever (but surprisingly, not too much nudity). Most of the action centers around a visiting Middle Eastern prince who is exploring Madrid's debauched club scene incognito. He sings in a band. He beds people of both sexes. He avoids terrorists (including Antonio Banderas, so young he's almost unrecognizable, playing a lad with an impossible ability to track like a bloodhound). Oh, and there's also a sexy pop star who can't figure out why she's afraid of the sun. Naturally. Almodovar himself has a fun cameo as an effeminate singer.
early Almodovar tale of a gay terrorist, a nymphomaniac, and a Prince.
Early and great Almodovar! We start to see what become recurring themes in his later films - homosexuality, prostitutes and cross dressers..all representing deep held emotions and feelings that are experienced by us all.
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