The order of this fourth edition of the FOEC podcast is DESIRE. The newest film from Pedro Almodóvar is a luscious meditation on guilt, solitude and longing, and features the captivating dual performances of Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte as the older and younger versions of the titular heroine, Julieta. Following their review of Almodóvar's twentieth feature film, Sandy, James and Jeremy run through a potted history of Pedro Almodóvar's career, from his rough and ready beginnings in the New Madrid Scene of the 1970s to his great commercial success in the 1990s and his emergence as one of European cinema's premier auteurs with All About My Mother.
Julieta is currently playing in British cinemas and London's BFI Southbank is currently screening a retrospective of Almodóvar's films, along with a selection of Spanish films curated by Almodóvar, himself. If you want to share your thoughts on all things Pedro Almodóvar/film-related, then please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a review on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Acast.
APOLOGIES: A loose connection means that there is a low electric buzz in the background of much of the audio in this episode, something for which Sandy bears full responsibility and offers his humble apologies. Due to an unfortunate vocabulary malfunction, Sandy is also mostly to blame for this episode's egregious overuse of the word "tremendous", which he hopes will not impair your enjoyment of the discussion.
00:00 to 01:43 – Intro + audio clip from Pedro Almodóvar's Julieta (2016).
01:44 to 23:31 – Review of Julieta.
23:32 to 24:29 – 'Murciana Marrana' [excerpt] by Alaska/The Bomitoni Group from Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980).
24:30 to 30:41 – Discussing Pepi, Luci, Bom.
30:42 to 31:51 – 'Puro Teatro' [excerpt #1] by La Lupe.
31:52 to 36:41 – Discussing Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
36:42 to 37:46 – 'Puro Teatro' [excerpt #2] by La Lupe.
37:47 to 47:47 – Discussing Live Flesh.
47:48 to 48:40 – 'La Mecánica del Transplante' [excerpt] from Alberto Inglesias' score for All About My Mother (1999).
48:41 to 56:06 – Discussing All About My Mother.
THEME SONG: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)
FILMS MENTIONNED IN THIS EPISODE (DIRECTED BY PEDRO ALMODOVAR):
Fuck, Fuck, Fuck Me, Tim (Folle, Folle, Fólleme, Tim – 1978, Spain)
Pepi, Luci, Bom y Otras Chicas Del Monton (1980, Spain)
Labyrinth of Passion (Laberinto de Pasiones – 1982, Spain)
Matador (1986, Spain)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios – 1988, Spain)
Live Flesh (Carne Tremula – 1997, France/Spain)
All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre – 1999, Spain)
Talk to Her (Hable con Ella – 2002, Spain)
The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito – 2011, Spain)
I'm So Excited! (a.k.a. Los Amantes Pasajeros – 2013, Spain)
Julieta (2016, Spain)
Cape Fear (1962 – dir. J. Lee Thompson or 1991 – dir. Martin Scorsese)
Jubilee (1978, UK – dir. Derek Jarman)