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Once-great Spanish matador Nacho Martinez has been reduced to starring in gruesome "snuff" films. Martinez is idolized by Antonio Banderas, who has no notion of his idol's current illegal profession. Terrified at the thought of drawing blood in the bullring, Banderas nevertheless seeks out Martinez' assistance in preparing for a bullfighting career. To prove his "machismo", Banderas rapes Martinez' lady-friend Eva Cobo. No one will believe Banderas' confession of the rape, so he decides to
Apr 7, 1986 Wide
Dec 8, 2009
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It's a useful look at this Spanish auteur finding his way but lacks the elan of his later work.
The movie looks terrific and is acted with absolute, straight-faced conviction by the excellent cast...
Murder, mutilation, suicide and rape...[are] just a few of Matador's popcorn-incompatible themes. But [Almodovar] swirls his cape over these chargers so imaginatively, shamelessly and inventively, his flamboyance wins the day.
The sincerity here is of a special cracked sort -- the brand that induces laughter but is undiminished by it.
A consistently audacious fantasy of sex and violence set in a modern-day Madrid where everyone is ready to surrender to his or her particular passions.
Almodovar's early work is saltry, erotic, even perverse, but very seductive to watch
fascinating and wonderfully lurid!
A richly detailed, physically gorgeous movie (Almodovar's most professional-looking work to that time) that almost has too much on its mind.
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