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Houston Voice, No. 903, February 13, 1998 - File 019. 1998-02-13. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 1, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1305/show/1286.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 903, February 13, 1998
Contributor
  • Michelak, J. C.
  • Murphy, Terry
Publisher Window Media
Date February 13, 1998
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript live Flesh' twitches with sex, suspense by STEPHEN R. UNDERWOOD I can't help but expect the best of the worst from Pedro .Almodovar. The best meaning a twisted, comical, sensual screenplay hardly possible from Hollywood: and the worst meaning the loudest, gaudiest, and most outrageous clothing, sets and color schemas. h e i f 1 a m - ibouyant [Spanish director's new film "Live Flesh" is more best ■ than worst. ' That is a com- >laint. by the way. Director Pedro Almodovar but not a big one—well, at least not one big enough to completely dish this incredibly entertaining film. To put it to a finer point, "Live Flesh" is a film true to aAlmodovar's genius with the gag factor turned way down; he harmonizes his trademark paradoxes without the lime green halter-tops and bright pink pumps. But no Almodovar film would be an Almodovar film without some contrast between the social and economic classes of 20th century Spain. For one thing, most women in his films are middle-class and sexually frustrated. For another, his middle-class women usually fall for a low-class protagonist—usually a pretty boy who is sexually capable. I like to call it the "Pretty Woman" syndrome—only in reverse. True to form, "Live Flesh" has a pretty boy protagonist who's low- class. Meet Victor Plaza (Leverto Rabat), the son of a hooker who is born on a Madrid city bus. The birth makes him famous for a while: the mayor proclaims Victor a First Citizen and he gets free bus fare for life from the transit authority director. That's a baby step up from being a bastard, but, hey. that's a sliver of hope, right? If it were not. it would have to be. for the birthing ala Magdalene is on the day Franco declared a State of Exception in January 1970. That decree suspended a broad array of Sppnish civil liberties nationwide. Victor grows up into a virile, young Spaniard who crosses paths with Elena (Francesca Neri), a drug hungry rich girl who has sex with him in a nightclub. It was his first time, and he's fallen in love with her. But there's a slight variation to .Mmodovar's norm here: Victor is not quite yet sexually capable. In fact, Elena noles that the dalliance was pretty quick—so quick, she didn't remember it. /\nd Elena didn't remember agreeing to a subsequent date, either. She tells Victor to buzz off when he reminds her of the date over the phone. Besides, Elena has better Ihings to do—she's waiting for her drug dealer. But Victor won't take no for an answer: he buzzes Elena's door, she mistakes him for the dealer and Victor comes right in. When a fight in the apartment gets reported to the police, two bickering cops, Sancho (Jose Sancho) a drunk, and David (Javier Bardem). a playboy, arrive on the scene and see Victor and Elena engaged in a struggle through a window. Sancho and David burst into the apartment and in a strange turn of events, Victor takes Elena hostage. When David talks him into letting her go, Sancho lunges for Victor when he lowers his gun. A round goes off during lhe struggle and David is hit and paralyzed for life. But it's unclear al first just who fired the round. Even so, Victor goes to prison for seven years. Elena marries David for saving her life, and Sancho goes back home to beat up his wife Clara (a%igela Molina), whom he suspects is cheating on him. With all the machismo brewing in modern day Spain, Almodovar likes to turn the tables on sexual aggression. Why can't women, Almodovar might See FILM/ page 20 Gay film festival seek logo designs .And just one more thing: Landmark Theaters is teaming up with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Diverse Works. Rice Media Center and Southwest .Alternate Media Project (SAMP) lo present thc second annual 1998 Houston Gay And Lesbian Film Festival May 22 - June 14. The festival is in need of a logo and the communily is invited to submit contest entries. Interested persons should mail their designs to Southwest Alternate Media Project, attn: G&LFF, 1519 West Main. Houston. TX 77006 by Feb. 28. A design fee will be awarded, and you can gel more Information from SAMP at (713) 522-8592. Almodovar Festival delivers zany director's classic films by STEPHEN R. UNDERWOOD If "Live Flesh" isn't enough Almodovar for you. Landmark Theaters is resurrecting four of Pedro's classic films that are sure to please fans old and new alike. The Almodovar Film Festival will run at the Greenway 3. and Landmark plans some entertaining asides: get ready for chocolate heartsand licorice whips this weekend, a "nervous breakdown" contest Feb, 21. a zany Kika fashion show Feb. 28. and a high heel contest March 7. You can get two-for-one entry for any midnight Almodovar film with your 'Live Flesh" ticket stub. And interested persons can contact the Greenway 3 at (713)626-0402 for more information. Here's a brief look at the Greenway's great lineup: "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" ■Ah, Antonio! This film perhaps more than any other launched the career of Antonio Banderas in the United Slates. Banderas is Ricky, a psycho released from a psychiatric ward who escaped several times and managed to sleep once with Marina (Victoria Abril). a porn star goddess. Ricky dreams of a picket fence life with the sex queen, but she can't remember who he is. Determined to have her one way or another. Ricky kidnaps Marina and holds her hostage in a loving and affectionate manner. Maximo. Marina's director, and her sister Lola (Loles Leon) get suspicious and a wild goose chase leaves Marina wondering if she really wants to be untied at all. Sat.. Feb. 14 and 21. M r*minBi L> ONTHCVEKEOf UT A NERVOUS 1 BREAKDOWN "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Ivan (Fernando Guillen) abruptly breaks up with his actress girlfriend Pepa [Carmen Maura) and the shocking news wrecks her. But Pepa has one up on him: she's pregnant. While she waits for Ivan to pick up his bags. Pepa gets close to neurosis when her apartment fills up with freaks: Candela (Maria Barranco) is a girlfriend (unsuspectingly) of a Shiite terrorist and Lucia (Julieta Seranno) is Ivan's mistress of twenty years and mother of their son. Carlos (.Antonio Banderas). The police come looking for Candela, Lucia threatens to kill Pepa. and Carlos wants to rent the apart ment. All the while, Ivan jets into the sunset with his new mistress (Kiti Manver), a lawyer whom Pepa had consulted about Candela's problem. Sat.. Feb. 2J and 28. "Kika" Kika (Veronica Forque) lives a lust- less life with a photographer named Ramon (Alex Casanovas) who is haunted by his mother's suicide. Her best friend Amparo (Anabel Alonso) is a back slabber and she has a mortal enemy in Andrea Scarface (Victoria Abril). the host of a "tabloid reality show." Ramon's mother left half of the house to Nicholas Pierce (Peter Coyte). a drifter who shows up lo claim half of the inheritance. Later. Nicholas Initiates a sexual relationship wilh Kika. but Juana (Rossy de Palma). Kika s maid, also has the hots for her. The complications escalate when Juana's brother Pablo (Santiago Lajusticia) visits fresh out of prison and later decides lo steal Ramon's cameras. But Kika rises above all the trouble while others fall to the wayside. Sat, Feb. 28 and March 7. "High Heels" Manuel finds himself in the middle ofa strange love triangle: he is married to Rebecca (Victoria Abril) whom he later finds oul it is the daughter of one of his past mistresses, a has-been pop star named Becky Del Paramo (Marisa Paredes). Becky attempts to reconnect with Rebecca after neglecting her in order lo advance her entertainment career. But like her mother's career. Rebecca's marriage is a failure—and her mother eventually gives In to her passions for Manuel. Bul Manuel is found murdered and three different women are suspect. When she Is sent to cover the murder for the television station she works for, Rebecca con fesses to the crime and is sent to prison. The murder means differenl things for Becky and Rebecca as each mourns Manuel's Inss, but the tragedy reunites them m the end. Sat. March 7. R U
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