Broken Embraces

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Harry caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, mateo blanco, and directing his last movie.

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Studio Sony
SKU 214109225
UPC 043396331839
UPC 14 00043396331839
Format DVD
Release Date 3/20/2012
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Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
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ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Pedro Almodovar loves the movies with lust and abandon and the skill of an experienced lover. Broken Embraces is a voluptuary of a film, drunk on primary colors, caressing Penelope Cruz, using the devices of a Hitchcock to distract us with surfaces while the sinister uncoils beneath. As it ravished me, I longed for a freeze frame to allow me to savor a shot...The movie confesses its obsession upfront. It is about seeing. A blind man asks a woman to describe herself. Since we can see her perfectly well, one purpose of this scene is to allow us to listen to her. How to describe the body, the hair, the eyes? Movies are really about the human body more than anything else. I was recently faulted for lingering overmuch on Ingrid Bergman's lips in Casablanca. Anyone, man or woman, who doesn't want to linger on Ingrid Bergman's lips is telling us something about themselves we'd rather not know...The blind man is Harry Caine (Lluis Homar). Harry Lime and Citizen Kane, get it? Both played by Orson Welles, the great man of the cinema. Welles, whose Magnificent Ambersons was infamously botched by being re-edited in his absence. Harry Caine is the name Mateo Blanco takes after being blinded in an automobile accident. Perhaps only he knows why. As Blanco, he directed a film named Girls and Suitcases. It was produced by a man named Ernesto Martel (Jose Luis Gomez). Harry/Mateo hates Martel for reasons that will be explored...Mention must be made of red. Almodovar, who always favors bright primary colors, drenches this film in red: In the clothing, the decor, the lipstick, the artwork, the furnishings -- everywhere he can. Red, the color of passion and blood. Never has he made a film more visually pulsating, and Almodovar is not shy...Penelope Cruz has been Almodovar's constant muse since Live Flesh (1997). Never has she been more clearly the brush he uses, the canvas he covers, and the subject of his painting. To see this film once is to experience his deliberate abandon. To see it twice, as I've been able to, is to understand that his style embodies his subject. That subject is: Film and life rush ahead so heedlessly that the frames are past before we can contemplate them.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled, No Longer Produced
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Video Format DVD
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Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly Many of the characters go by two different names. So best advice for optimum viewing is, see Broken Embraces...twice.
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian In Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz we have a real collaboration of artist and inspiration that only seems to improve and deepen over time.

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