Every fall, say October and November, I always find myself gathering Almodover discs from my shelves. There's something wonderfully "autumn" about his films, especially the recent ones from Live Flesh to Volver. The sense of longing for renewal and a glimmer of celebration and love in the admist of falling leaves.
What a beautiful thought, Michael! I immediately
thought of Live Flesh
when I read that. What remains with me from Live Flesh
(which I believe is even set in the fall)is a feeling of forlorn resignation and loss, mingled with the orange glow of a love finally realized. A very "autumn" movie indeed! You've prompted me to re-visit all the newer Almodovers this month!
I must ask...does anyone else greatly prefer his newer films (well, 1995 or so-on) to his older output? Maybe it's the "look" of his 80's films that just doesn't grab me, but as someone who started out with Bad Education
, it's harder to appreciate rougher, less...refined work than to what I am accustomed. A large part of my love of his films is the vivid, sharp and splashy display that is every single scene, and while his older films that I've seen were filmed well and have an ostensibly interesting plotline, they didn't have the same finesse that he obviously has cultivated over the years, and this holds me back from appreciating them
a vapid filmfan I am, apparently.
Maybe I just need to pick up Dark Habits
or Law of Desire
and try again..